Speech therapy helps children develop the skills for communication and helps children suffering from speech and language impairments.
- Speech (producing sounds that make up words)
- Language- Receptive (ability to understand spoken and written words)
- Language-Expressive (ability to express meaning through words)
- Apraxia (inability to perform learned movements on command, even though the command is understand and there is willingness to perform the movement)
- Aphasia (impairment of the ability to speak and write and failure to arrange words in their proper order)
- Social Skills
Examples of Diagnoses in children that may benefit from speech therapy: Developmental Delay, Autism, Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, Hearing Impairment, Dysphagia, and Genetic Syndromes