Pediatric Speech Therapy Helps Children Attain Speech Clarity

There are many reasons a child’s speech is unintelligible. Children sometimes have what is known as an ‘articulation disorder’ which is characterized by sound substitutions such as ‘wabbit’ instead of ‘rabbit’, “thoap” instead of “soap”, or “tookie instead of “cookie”. Another disorder, known as a ‘phonological disorder’, occurs when there is difficulty producing a particular speech pattern. Examples include, ‘final sound deletion’ where the ending of every word is left off, or ‘initial sound substitution’ where the beginning sound is substituted for another even though the child can say the correct sound (‘daw instead of ‘saw’, or ‘douse’ for ‘house’). Apraxia of speech is a more complex disorder where a child is able to make all the movements found in speech production until they try to talk. When they want to talk it’s difficult or sometimes impossible to make the same movements. In addition, the errors are inconsistent. Sometimes they say a sound or word correctly and other times they do not. Last, is a motor speech disorder known as dysarthria. As the name suggests, lack of clarity is the result of disturbance in the muscular control of the jaw, lips, and tongue.

We Help Oral-Motor and Feeding Disorders

Oral motor therapy addresses the strength, stability, and movement patterns of the lips, tongue, and jaw. This therapy requires advance training and is considered vital to effective treatment of speech and feeding disorders. At Clear Speech, Inc. we have a variety of techniques and theories in our tool boxes to help our clients who have oral motor weaknesses. Our therapists receive updated training every 4 months to keep their skills up to date.

Oral motor therapy along with oral sensory therapy help resolve feeding disorders in young children. If your child pockets food in their cheeks, has a limited variety of foods they will eat, doesn’t chew food, or struggles to safely eat food and drink liquids, we can help.

We Specialize in Treating Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory processing is the phrase used to describe the beginning point of language organization. Once a sound is heard, our brains process that sound and attach meaning to the sound. This helps create meaning for what we hear. Once we apply meaning to what we hear, the understanding of words, concepts, and ideas emerges. There are two major parts to auditory processing disorders. The first is when the ear discerns sound and determines the difference between tones. The second is what the brain does with the information as it turns from sound discrimination into language. When a child hears “ban” instead of “van” there is a problem with hearing the difference between sounds. When a child has trouble finding words to express an idea, or talks in vague generalities, it’s a language processing disorder.