Treatments could include feeding programs where children are able to address sensitivities, swallowing, and the like. Nonverbal children can also be taught how to use a communication device while developing language to pronounce words correctly. Speech therapy can also help children with developmental challenges to understand and use spoken language in a social context. Whether your child has limited or compromised speech and needs help forming words and sentences, or they can form words and sentences but misuse and misunderstand language on a regular basis, a Speech & Language Therapist can assess any communication problems and speech disorders and apply articulation therapy, language intervention activities, and other techniques to improve communication.
Dependent on the child, a Speech therapist may focus on one or all the following: Non-verbal communication; body language; asking and answering questions; speech pragmatics (such as knowing when, how, and to whom you should say “good morning” to); prosody, or the melodic sound of a voice; grammar; conversation skills; social skills.