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Speech Therapy

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Speech therapy addresses an individual’s challenges with language and can help improve verbal, nonverbal, and social communication skills. Speech-related challenges vary from person to person. Some have trouble speaking, some love to talk but have difficulty holding a conversation, and some need help understanding body language and facial expressions. The goal of our speech therapy program is to address each person’s specific needs and help them communicate in useful and functional ways.

After an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to assess communication strengths and difficulties, a personalized therapy plan is developed. Individual goals might include improving spoken language, learning nonverbal skills such as signs or gestures, or using an alternative communication method such as pictures or technology.

The specific therapy plan might focus on:

  • Strengthening the muscles in the mouth, jaw and neck
  • Making clearer speech sounds
  • Matching emotions with the correct facial expression
  • Understanding body language
  • Responding to questions
  • Matching a picture with its meaning
  • Using a speech app to produce the correct word
  • Modulating tone of voice

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