Types of Treatment

The ability to communicate through speech and language is a uniquely human phenomenon. It is essential to personal development and to academic achievement. Children with communication disorders can experience difficulty with learning and with social and emotional growth.

Although intervention is not always required at a young age, if you detect difficulties in your child’s speech or language development, a consultation is warranted. An assessment will lead to parent counseling, with or without direct intervention.

I help children with communication disorders associated with:

Communication Disorders include:

Articulation – difficulty in forming and combining sounds or in learning the rules of using the sounds of the language. Sounds may be substituted, omitted, distorted, or added. Such disorders can cause speech to be difficult to understand and may be distracting to the listener.

Learn more about the ages at which sounds are normally acquired.
Learn more about how to help your child with articulation difficulties.

Language – difficulty understanding and using language to communicate. Characteristics include problems comprehending vocabulary, improper use of words and their meanings, inappropriate sentence patterns, and difficulty following directions or staying on topic.

Learn more about the stages of language development.
Learn more about how to stimulate language for your preschooler.

Voice – characterized by pitch, loudness, quality or rate that is inappropriate for a child’s age or gender. A disordered voice may be too high or too low in pitch, or too loud or too soft in volume . A voice may be hoarse, harsh, hypernasal or hyponasal in quality.  Speech may be too fast or too slow in rate.

Learn more about how to avoid harming your vocal cords.

Stuttering – defined as an involuntary repetition of part of a word, a whole word or a phrase; a prolongation of, or a blockage of, a sound. While the speaker usually knows the intended message, the difficulty is experienced in initiating the sound(s). This disorder may be accompanied by secondary behaviours such as facial grimaces, eye blinking, generalized body tension, and/or gasping for air.

Learn more about stuttering and how you can help.