Speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, work to improve your child’s communication skills!
They work on speech production to help with things like pronouncing sounds correctly, being understood in conversation, and fluency.
They work on receptive language: helping your child understand what people are saying when they ask them questions, give them directions, and tell them about things.
They work on expressive language: helping your child to tell you about their day, what they want, or how they are feeling.
They work on pragmatic language: helping your child to take part in conversations by knowing when it’s their turn to speak, when they need to stay on topic, and how to smoothly change the subject.
They work on finding other ways to communicate when speech is slow to develop to minimize frustration and maximize independence at home and in the community.
Our speech therapists might use techniques from the Hanen Centre, DIR Floortime, Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, Picture Exchange Communication System, and Pivotal Response Treatment, among other techniques to make sure your child’s individual goals are met.