Successful communication involves the ability to express oneself, listen to others, understand their verbal and nonverbal messages, and use language appropriately across a variety of settings. If you are concerned about your child's ability to communicate in any of these ways, he or she may be a candidate for speech and language services at South Shore Therapies.
Proper communication skills are necessary for self-expression. Because every child progresses differently, personalized goals, knowledgeable therapists, and a strong home carryover program will create the best possible outcome for your child.
Our pediatric speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat speech and language difficulties related to the following:
- Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Social Pragmatic Deficits
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Articulation or Phonological Disorders (inability to produce sounds)
- Language-Based Learning Disabilities
- Down Syndrome and Other Chromosomal Abnormalities
- Voice Disorders
- Lack of Verbal Communication including implementation of both low and high-tech AAC devices
Speech therapists strive to improve all aspects of communication, including sound production, vocal quality, speech fluency, language understanding, language expression, and social communication. Pediatric speech therapy at South Shore Therapies is designed to assess and treat a variety of communication disorders in a fun and nurturing environment. Depending on the age and speech difficulty, we may talk, play, read books, or use interactive activities with your child to model speech and teach appropriate sound production and language development.
Your young child may be a candidate for speech therapy if he or she does not meet age-based developmental language benchmarks. Therapy may also be beneficial for older children who have trouble following and answering questions about a story, have trouble conversing with others, avoid interacting with peers, cannot read nonverbal cues such as facial expression or tone, do not understand figurative language, or struggle to come up with the right word. If you're unsure if your child may require speech therapy, you can utilize our speech and language checklist to determine if your child is meeting developmental markers.
During your initial visit, our pediatric speech-language pathologists will evaluate your child’s current communication skills. If treatment is recommended, we will work with you to develop a plan of treatment that will target the problem areas identified during your child’s assessment.
If your child struggles to speak or follow directions, schedule an evaluation with the professional speech pathologists at South Shore Therapies. We'll assess your child's speech capabilities to determine the best course of treatment. Contact us at 781-335-6663 today.
Types of Speech-Language Evaluations
Depending on your child's needs, we may recommend different types of speech-language evaluations. These evaluations are instrumental in determining which speech therapy services will be most effective for your child. Our speech therapists for kids will likely administer one of the following types of evaluation:
How Do I Know My Child Needs Speech Therapy?
You may notice several signs that your child could benefit from speech and language therapy. In many cases, children with speech-related concerns might have difficulty making the correct speech sounds, resulting in miscommunications and general problems being understood. Children with language issues might have a hard time following directions, have limited vocabulary, make grammatical errors, or have trouble formulating their thoughts. Additional red flags include:
What Can Speech Therapy Help With?
When you choose South Shore Therapies in Pembroke & Norwood, MA, our certified speech-language pathologist will develop a tailor-made plan for your child to work on specific areas of need. More specifically, children with the following disorders or conditions can benefit from regular meetings with pediatric speech therapists:
Learn More from Our Speech Therapists
Speech and language therapy for kids can be incredibly beneficial. At the first sign of speech or language difficulties we encourage you to visit South Shore Therapies. Our speech therapists are well-versed in a wide variety of disorders and their causes, and will work with you and your child to create a specific treatment plan. Our speech and language therapy services are comprehensive, so you won't need to go anywhere else in Hingham, MA for treatment. Contact us today with questions or concerns.