April Showers bring May Flowers and Better Hearing & Speech month

May 9, 2018

 


April showers can give rise to May flowers, but it is also the month to recognize SLPs. An SLP is a
Speech/Language Pathologist who is a board certified licensed professional who helps people master
the skills needed to command language, convey messages and comprehend written and spoken word.
SLPs can be seen working in educational models, rehab/medical models, outpatient settings, and
pediatric settings such as Aspire Pediatric Therapy.
The SLPs at Aspire Pediatric Therapy work with children with a variety of challenges that make the
milestones of language and speech difficult to reach. Language is made up of words that we use to
communicate and associate things/objects to within our environments and cultures. SLPs open worlds
of comprehension and understanding. Speech Language Pathologist help with children that have
difficulty pronouncing sounds to make words that are intelligible to others.
Depending on the child and his or her skill level, the speech therapist at Aspire work on Expressive
language skills, Receptive language skills, Fluency, “Wh” questions, and Syntax. They open the doors of
voice and sounds through play-based therapy.
When an SLP is trying to elicit single word utterances that are functional to a child’s actions she may put
up a swing for the child to swing on while working on words like “stop”, “go”, or “more”. The goal of the
SLP is to make sure that the exchanges are successful whether she is building communication skills using
words, gestures, objects, or a picture system.
At other times, the SLPs are pulling games from their closets or planning craft activities while working on
the developmental levels of speech and language. They build syntax skills as children learn to choose
the correct words to use when engaged in a fun and motivating board game. Or when using a marker
and scissors for a craft, which word is used for the appropriate object needed.
During the month of May follow the blog at www.aspirepediatrictherapy.com to find out what is
happening in Speech and Language, who is planning great activities to share, where you can get
information/supplies to carry over skills at your homes, what an activity can do to encourage sounds and
speech.

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