WHAT IS SPEECH THERAPY?
Helping children speak more clearly and effectively helps reduce frustration and builds confidence.
Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), who are often referred to as speech therapists.
Speech therapy can help children learn to speak more clearly and effectively. This helps them feel more confident and less frustrated about communicating with others. Children who have language issues can benefit socially, emotionally, and academically from speech therapy, which is especially beneficial when children begin early in life.
For children with reading issues associated with disorders such as dyslexia, speech therapy can help them hear and distinguish specific sounds in words and build, strengthen, and develop the skills necessary to become a more fluent and competent reader. This can improve reading comprehension skills and encourage children to read.
Your child may be referred to us for one or more of the following observed needs:
- Speech delay
- Cognitive or developmental delay
- Hearing difficulties
- Lip and tongue tie
- Difficulty with oral motor skill development
- Traumatic brain injury
- Feeding and swallowing dysfunction
- Strengthening weak oral muscles
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
A child may need a Speech-Language screening, evaluation, and/or ongoing treatment if they are having difficulty with one or more of the following:
- Being understood by others
- Following directions
- Communicating wants/needs/thoughts/ideas effectively
- Frequently repeating words/phrases or perseverating on ideas
- Initiating interactions or conversation
- Responding to others
- Eating a variety of foods (eats only 4-5 foods, may gag on certain textures, etc.)
- Frequent drooling
- Difficulty interpreting social cues/gestures/facial expressions/etc.
Examples of delays and/or disorders that Speech-Language Pathologists treat include:
- Verbal Apraxia/Dyspraxia
- Phonological Disorders
- Oral-Motor Disorders
- Autism Spectrum/ Pragmatic Language (social use of language and social skills)
- Receptive/Expressive Language Delay/Disorder
- Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Use (i.e. PECS, dynamic or static display devices, etc.)
Schedule your appointment today!
Contact us to set up your assessment, evaluation and/or therapy time. (248) 926-0909
The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.