Articulation delays and disorders result from a variety of causes. Some are known and some are not. Ear infections, processing deficits, oral motor difficulties and simple delays in development are among the main causes.
Whether there is only one sound that is produced incorrectly, or many, it is important to determine when therapy is needed. If not tended to, articulation delays can negatively impact reading, writing and spelling skills.
Speech Therapy Marin is sensitive to developmental milestones and second language development. Developmental milestones are specific ages when sounds develop in children. There are early, middle and later arriving sounds. These milestones are reviewed in the initial session to determine if treatment is appropriate at this time and what it would entail.
Language delays and disorders are addressed in the following areas:
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Phonological Awareness
- Reading Comprehension
- Listening Comprehension
- Auditory Processing
- Word Finding
- Language deficits due to hearing impairment
- Social Skill Development
- Grammar/morphology, syntax, semantics, saliency, relevancy, organization, construction, and word retrieval.
- Recognizing, ordering, and verbally and/or graphically constructing sentences, paragraphs, essays and papers.
Inferential and Reasoning Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Abstract Reasoning
- Figurative Language
- Determining Saliency and Relevancy
- Semantic/concept maps, context clues, overview, preview, classification
- How to use diagrams, graphic organizers, flowcharts, and concept webs
Orientation and Organization Strategies
- Support processing, attention and memory deficits
- Facilitates confidence and independence
- Best practice of multi-modal cueing (visual, verbal, kinesthetic), scaffolding (simplification & rephrasing) and on-going diagnostic evaluation is provided for diverse learning styles.
- The four domains of communication—listening, speaking, reading, and writing are addressed in sessions, specific to your child’s needs.