I wanted to share with you about my first passion, speech therapy.
I became a speech therapist about 10 years ago. I have worked in a variety of settings (private clinic, schools, Early Intervention, etc.) with a variety of population. As a speech therapist you learn many things about child development, and children with special needs. Although many times it could be a challenge, the experiences are very rewarding as well!!
A speech therapist is the professional who assesses and treats speech and language disorders. We diagnose and treat children and adults with speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing (dysphagia) disorders. We hold a Certificate of Clinial Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Here is some information about speech & language development:
What is the difference between language and speech? Language is made up of socially shared rules that include what words mean (e.g., “star” can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity), how to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly), how to put words together (e.g., “Peg walked to the new store” rather than “Peg walk store new”) and what word combinations are best in what situations. Speech is the verbal means of communicating that consists in articulation (sound production), voice, and fluency (rhythm of speech).
What can you do to help your child’s communication development?
- Check your child’s ability to hear, and pay attention to ear problems and infections.
- Reinforce your baby’s communication attempts by looking at him or her, speaking, and imitating his/her vocalization
- Teach your baby to imitate actions, such as peekaboo, clapping, blowing kisses, pat-a-cake, itsy bitsy spider, and waving bye-bye. These games teach turn taking that is needed for conversation.
- Talk while you are doing things, such as dressing, bathing, and feeding (e.g., “Mommy is washing Sam’s hair”; “Sam is eating carrots”; “Oh, these carrots are good!”).
- Talk about where you are going, what you will do once you get there, and who and what you’ll see (e.g., “Sam is going to Grandma’s house. Grandma has a dog. Sam will pet the dog.”).
- Talk about colors (e.g., “Sam’s hat is red”).
- Practice counting. Count toes and fingers.
- Count steps as you go up and down them.
- Teach animal sounds (e.g., “A cow says ‘moo'”).
If you have any question regarding your child’s communication skills, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org