Speech Language Pathologists (SLP’s) assess and treat children with communication and oral motor delays. Speech therapy focuses on improving speech, language, and cognitive skills that will help children be successful communicators and listeners. SLP’s build social communication and play skills that improve children’s relationships and engagement with others. Speech therapy can also focus on supporting children who have oral-motor delays or feeding difficulties.
Parents often seek out an occupational therapist because their child is demonstrating some or all of the following behaviors:
- Difficulty expressing needs and wants
- Poor grammar
- Difficulty listening and following directions
- Difficulty participating in age appropriate play activities
- Difficulty with turn taking and maintaining conversation
- Difficulty being understood
- Disfluencies and stuttering
- Poor oral motor skills for chewing and swallowing foods
- Resistant to trying new foods
- Poor weight gain
- NG or G-Tube feedings.