What is Speech Therapy?
Speech Therapy, or Speech-Language Pathology, is a treatment service that focuses on improving a child’s speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language. Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) and speech-language assistants (SLAs), sometimes simply called Speech therapists, are the professionals who provide these services.
SLPs have obtained at least a Master’s level education in Speech and Hearing Sciences and they provide evaluation, planning, and are tasked with overseeing SLAs in the implementation of speech therapy plans.
An SLA carries out therapy to address your child’s communication goals and follows the speech therapy plan. The speech-language pathologist will monitor your child’s progress through direct observation and discussion with the SLA.
Please see the bottom of this page for more information about NH and SLAs.
During speech therapy, the therapist will study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering, and using voice.
To learn more about Speech Therapy and common diagnoses see Health Resources.
Speech Therapy at Spark Therapies.
Following a Speech and Hearing Evaluation, our Speech Team will work with your family to create an appropriate therapy plan. This plan may be made in conjunction with other services at Spark such as Occupational Therapy, Reading and Writing Therapy, or the SparkLife Program.
Treatment goals are developmentally appropriate and target a broad range of skill areas.
These can include:
- expressive language
- academic strategies
- oral motor development
- social skill
The goals should emphasize skills that will empower children to become independent and successful.
We believe the use of multi-sensory instruction is key to this process. Our therapeutic sensory approach helps a child change the way he or she thinks about sounds and language while improving sensory reaction behavior and ensuring your child is comfortable throughout therapy.
Our Speech Team works to educate family members and members of the child’s support team to provide continuity and consistency of care day to day.
Additional Reading: 6 Things Your Child’s Speech Therapist Wishes You Knew
A Notice About SLAs and New Hampshire Requirements.
In NH, a person is qualified to provide speech therapy as an SLA with an associates degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders. At Spark Therapies, we require that our SLA’s have a minimum of a bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. We also require 500-1,000 hours of documented experience. In order to continuously improve the quality of our services, we also require our SLAs to complete 15+ credit hours of continuing education per year. This means our SLAs have more experience and education and are better equipped to treat your child.
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