What is a speech language pathology/therapy?
• Speech therapy is an intervention that improves speech and the ability to understand and express language (including nonverbal language). These services are provided by professionals called “speech therapists”, or “speech and language pathologists” (SLPs).
• SLPs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems. They help people of all ages speak more clearly and feel more confident when speaking to others. Children with language issues can benefit socially, emotionally and academically from speech therapy.
• SLPs also develop personalized treatment plans to support people with eating and swallowing problems.
How will therapy help reach those goals?
Speech therapy can take place in a small group or one-on-one sessions, depending on the type of the speech disorder. The therapy techniques may vary depending on the type of disorder, age, and the patient’s unique needs. During speech therapy for children, the SLP may:
• Interact with the child by talking, playing, and using books, pictures, and other objects to help stimulate language development
• Model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play activities - to teach the child how to make certain sounds
• Provide strategies and home programs for the child and parent (or caregiver) on how to do speech therapy at home
What can each of us do to help?
The role of parents (or caregivers) is very important for the child’s improvement. Our therapists have many resources available to help you do therapy exercises at home, including:
• Speech therapy apps
• Language development games and toys, such as flip cards and flash cards
• Printable worksheets
How should I prepare myself and my child for the assessment appointment?
• If possible, send any documents or paperwork to the clinic before the evaluation (including any reports you might have from previous therapies, such as Early Intervention, school IEP’s, etc.). This gives your therapist more time to learn about your child and plan the evaluation session
• Arrive a few minutes early, this ensures that you have enough time to submit the form and ease your child’s anxiety on his/her first visit to the clinic.
• Talk to your child about the assessment ahead of time (about where they will be going, what will happen, etc.). Use positive and upbeat language to put your child at ease, assure them that you will be there waiting for them, and that you can’t wait to hear all about what they did!
How can speech and language pathologists help students with learning difficulties?
Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) can help students with learning difficulties in many ways. They use evidence-based techniques to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of disorders that affect the students’ academic and social life (including speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders). Based on each student’s needs, SLPs develop bespoke treatment plans to boost the student’s basic skills and ,thus, improve their academic and social performance.
Is speech and language delay a learning disability?
If your child has trouble with producing sounds, using spoken language, or understanding what other people say, you should think of seeing an SLP. Speech and language problems are usually the earliest sign of a learning disability.
What are the most common types of learning disabilities?
The following are the 4 most common forms of learning disabilities:
1-Dyslexia : A learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. It is the most common form of auditory and visual processing disorders affecting both children and adults.
2- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A brain disorder that affects the children’s ability to pay attention, sit still, or control their behavior.
3-Dyscalculia : A learning disability related to math.
4-Dysgraphia : This term refers to writing difficulties (i.e. individuals who have difficulty converting sounds into written form).
If we have additional questions, how can we contact you?
Our therapists will be very happy to answer your questions. You can contact us via:
Phone: (+965) 2225 7238
Email: [email protected]