Speech-language therapy is the treatment for childhood speech and/or language disorders. A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas. Therapists use a variety of intervention approaches. Speech Language Pathologists also address feeding and swallowing disorders.
The need for speech-language therapy often arises as a result of a developmental delay, articulation difficulties, fluency, receptive/expressive delays or feeding and swallowing disorder. If you notice that your child has trouble completing age-appropriate tasks such as not imitating sounds or other facial expressions, not using age appropriate words then speech-language therapy might be necessary. A visit to a Speech Language Pathologist might also be in order if you notice speech is not intelligible, if your child seems to not understand verbal directions or difficulty with eating and swallowing.