Speech therapy is a discipline that addresses language, speech and voice issues to enable people facing them to have sufficient communication skills to thrive. Although speech-language pathologists can work with people of all ages, school-aged children are an important clientele for these professionals.
So here is a blog post in which we explain how the expertise of our speech-language pathologists can benefit school-aged children.
Why intervene with school-age children?
It is often when children enter primary school that language and communication difficulties appear. This is because school activities often require a higher level of language. In addition, it is not uncommon for language difficulties, or other types of problems that can be managed in speech-language pathology, to be noticed by the teacher during learning activities at school. The student can then compare the level of the student who has difficulties with that of his or her classmates, which makes it possible to set a level of language development known as “normal” for the student’s age.
Thus, it is relevant to intervene in speech-language pathology as soon as difficulties are noticed in your child. Through rehabilitation or by equipping the child, he or she is allowed to continue his or her school career with every chance of success.
What are the reasons for intervention in speech therapy?
The speech-language pathologists at Clinique GO™ can intervene to manage several pathologies that affect the language sphere in school-aged children. Among these, we find in particular:
- Language delays: These delays can have several consequences, including difficulties in understanding instructions, understanding and producing complete sentences, grammatical difficulties, difficulties in being understood by adults and peers, etc.
- Speech and articulation disorders: these difficulties in the production of certain sounds, syllables and words can make a child’s speech intelligible.
- Developmental language disorder: also called dysphasia, this disorder leads to language development problems. The child may have difficulty expressing himself or herself, but also in understanding others. It is a neurological problem.
- Learning disabilities: Dyslexia, dysorthographia and dyscalculia are neurodevelopmental disorders that affect learning abilities in some areas depending on the disability (reading, writing, etc.).
- Social communication disorder: the child has difficulties with the use of communication, which can manifest itself verbally and non-verbally. This often manifests itself in problems in understanding social interactions and how to respond to them.
- ASD: Autism spectrum disorders can affect language abilities. For this reason, speech-language pathology aims to enable children with ASDs to develop these skills in order to integrate socially.
- Stuttering: This speech disorder affects the fluidity of speech.
- And other troubles….
Clinique GO™’s mobile speech therapy services
Do you suspect your child may be facing any of the disorders mentioned earlier in this article? Are you concerned that he or she may be behind in the development of language and communication skills? If so, make use of our mobile speech-language pathology services without delay. Our professionals travel to conduct a speech-language pathology assessment, during which we aim to learn about the issues facing the young patient, particularly with regard to his or her development and learning. The speech-language pathologist then proposes an intervention plan, including objectives to be achieved and follow-up meetings.
Our speech-language pathologists travel not only at home, but also in schools to work with young patients who can benefit from speech-language pathology intervention. Our in-home speech therapy services can also be offered through online consultation. Ask our team about our mobile services!