What is Speech Therapy?
Pediatric Speech Therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists, or SLP’s) assess, evaluate and treat children that experience difficulty communicating. The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists is vast, and encompasses areas such a speech-sound disorders, language, swallowing/feeding, social skills and cognitive/executive functioning. Speech Therapy may also include an Assistive Technology evaluation, to determine if Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) would be beneficial. Aided AAC can include tools, systems, or materials that help a child communicate more efficiently and effectively when verbal speech is difficult. These tools can include symbol boards, speech-generating devices, or communication books.