What are the Benefits of Speech Therapy?

  • Expressive Language: ability to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings
  • Receptive Language: ability to understand language heard or read
  • ​Intelligible and fluent speech so your child is understood by others
  • Increased ability to problem-solve independently
  • ​Improved coordination of speech muscles
  • Achievement of school skills
  • Improved vocal quality
  • Improved swallowing function and safety
  • Greater self-esteem and quality of life
  • Improved social/pragmatic skills

Physical Therapy

​Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children (birth to 18 years old) to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). They are specialized in using medical equipment such as gait trainers and standers to increase mobility and facilitate upright posture.

There are several reasons why your child may be referred for speech therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Delayed milestones
  • Decreased strength
  • Difficulty with posture control
  • Balance and coordination disorders
  • Congenital muscular torticollis and plagiocephaly.
  • Difficulty learning new gross motor movements

The primary goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to help your child interact with his or her environment and peers, and achieve independence in things like play, learning and self-care. There are a number of reasons your child may be referred for occupational therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Low Muscle Tone/Strength
  • Handwriting Difficulties
  • Behavioral/Emotional Difficulties
  • Social Skill Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory Integration/Processing Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Learning Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Birth Injury/Defect

Speech-Language Pathology

Occupational Therapy

What are the benefits of Occupational Therapy?

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The primary goal of Speech-Language Pathology, or Speech Therapy, is to improve your child’s communication. There are several reasons why your child may be referred for speech therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Difficulty understanding or processing what others are saying
  • Difficulty putting words together or expressing oneself
  • Difficulty producing sounds, or saying words incorrectly
  • Stuttering or prolonging sounds and syllables (e.g. ssssssnake)
  • Irregular pitch, volume or quality of voice
  • Drooling, eating or swallowing challenges
  • Reading difficulties
  • Difficulty with Social skills

There are a number of common goals targeted in Occupational Therapy: 

  • Fine/Visual Motor Skills: stacking blocks, stringing beads, nesting cups, grasping writing tool, coloring, cutting, etc.
  • Visual Perceptual: completing shape sorter/puzzle, identifying colors/shapes/letters, etc.  
  • Handwriting Skills: legibility, formation, spacing, alignment, etc.
  • Self-Care Skills: feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, age-appropriate household tasks, etc.
  • Sensory Processing/Integration Skills: sound, sight, touch, smell, taste, movement and muscle/joint input
  • Cognition: attention, memory, academic learning, etc.
  • Gross Motor Skills: running, jumping, climbing, skipping, etc.
  • Motor Planning/Coordination Skills: strength/endurance, balance, bilateral integration, etc.