Speech and Language Therapy
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Speech and Language Therapy is an intervention service that focuses on improving a child’s speech and abilities to understand and express language, including non-verbal communication. Speech Therapy also helps children with language-related learning issues such as listening, reading & writing.
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
At The Energy Source, our Speech and Language Therapists assess and work with children who have difficulty communicating. There are different areas of communication that children may be having difficulty with:
A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound that distinguishes one word from another. Since we cannot write sounds, we use letters to represent or stand for the sounds.
Language – Receptive & Expressive
Receptive language means the ability to understand information. It involves understanding the words, sentences and meaning of what others say or read. Expressive language means being able to put thoughts into words and sentences in a way that makes sense and is grammatically accurate.
Social communication refers to the emergence of verbal and non-verbal skills, social interaction, and social cognition. It is viewed as a form of communication that is 'unwritten' and that people seem to 'just know'.
Early Communication Skills
Infants have many needs, and they are born with ways to let you know what they are. Early communication with infants is all about recognising and responding to their needs. Long before babies can talk, they can communicate with the people in their lives.
Literacy – Reading, Spelling, Writing
Literacy skills are all the skills needed for reading and writing. They include such things as awareness of the sounds of language, recognising prints, and the relationship between letters and sounds. Other literacy skills include vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension.