Objectives and Benefits of Speech Therapy

Does your child require Speech Therapy? It is important for you to make an informed decision, so let us uncover the different aspects.

The main goal of speech therapy is to improve communication. Some of the goals of speech therapy might include:

  • Improving coordination of speech muscles through strengthening and coordination exercises, sound repetition and imitation.
  • Improving communication between the brain and the body through visual and auditory aids such as mirrors and tape recorders.
  • Improving fluency through breathing exercises.
  • Enhancing the learning of language through language stimulation and the use of language through positive reinforcement.
  • Improving communication by helping a child learn alternative way to communicate. This might include gestures, signing or augmentative communication devices.

Each child will have a different outcome depending on his or her particular challenges and abilities. The length of time in speech-language therapy depends on many factors such as severity of the problem, the frequency and consistency of therapy and the consistency of help at home.

The ability to express one’s self is paramount. Speech therapy may help your child achieve a greater ability to use and understand language, to communicate with others and to express himself or herself.

The benefits are of Speech Therapy are immense, these may include:

  • Improvement in the ability to understand and express thoughts, ideas and feelings
  • Clear speech so your child is understood by others
  • Improved swallowing function and safety
  • Achievement of school readiness skills
  • Development of pre-literacy skills
  • Improved vocal quality
  • Fluent speech
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Increased independence

It is important to develop a set of realistic expectations with the Speech Therapist and these expectations must be revisited from time to time as the child progresses.

Do you have concerns about your child’s speech? Leave us a message below and we will contact you.

3 replies on “Objectives and Benefits of Speech Therapy

  • Rachel Lannister

    You wrote that when your child takes speech therapy, they will be able to be better understood by their peers and teachers. I’ve been worried about my daughter, as she has trouble pronouncing some sounds. If she were to get those resolved, I could be confident that she could go to school and discuss any concerns she may have to her teacher and make friends easier. Thanks for the read.

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  • Tiffany Locke

    Giving your child a greater ability to use and understand language is a great way to help them communicate with others and express themselves. A professional speech therapist would be a great way to ensure they get the improvement that will benefit them the most. Looking into different speech therapists would probably help you find someone that you and your child will enjoy going to and be comfortable with.

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  • Frank Delaware

    Thank you for all this great information about speech therapy! One thing that really stood out to me is that it can help your child improve the fluency through breathing exercises. It would be nice to know that your child will be able to have the best experience they can, and improve along the way.

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