Speech and Language therapy is designed to help treat any and all communication disorders. This includes treatment for any language delays, teaching communication skills, and/or speech sound disorders.
How Can We Help?
Our programs can help your child:
- Develop functional communication through AAC
- Produce age-appropriate speech sounds
- Learn new social skills for stronger interactions with peers
- Develop novel language and reduce echolalia
- Learn to formulate sentences
At EAS, we have the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary team by having in-house experts in ABA Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech/Language Therapy all within the same clinic. We value collaboration with caregivers, teachers, and therapists outside of EAS and realize that collaboration is essential in creating effective carry-over from our clinic to the home and school.
Our therapists work with a wide variety of abilities. We enjoy working with any child who needs extra support to meet his/her full potential!
Signs Your Child May Benefit from Speech/Language Therapy
- Does not appear to be meeting language/communication developmental milestones
- Has difficulty communicating his/her wants and needs
- Requires cues to ask for help when needed
- Speech errors are affecting his/her reading development
- Non-verbal or has limited verbal communication
- Difficulty relating to peers during play/social activities
- Appears to have shown regression in their vocabulary
- Difficulty understanding your child’s connected speech after the age of 4
- Does not use a wide range of vocabulary (i.e. only uses nouns)
- Receptive/Expressive Language Delay
- Articulation Disorder
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Phonological disorder
- Stuttering/Fluency disorder
SLPs also frequently provide language treatment for children with:
- Preschool Language Delays
- Learning Disabilities
Check out our free resource videos on a variety of topics including: building language skills at home, social skills and pragmatic language and many more!
My child has Autism, do they need Speech/Language Therapy?
Children on the autism spectrum may have a difficult time learning and using language. The autism diagnosis generally includes delays in social-emotional growth, deficits in non-verbal communication, deficits in maintaining or understanding relationships, as well as stereotypical/repetitive speech and/or echolalia. SLPs are trained to address all of these areas during your child’s therapy.
My child still has significant behaviors, are they ready for speech/language therapy or occupational therapy?
Absolutely! There are no specific expectations or behavioral criteria for your child to participate in therapeutic interventions. Our SLPs and OTs at EAS are trained to provide services for every child. The collaborative approach also helps our therapists better understand your child’s behavioral needs in order to maximize success and progress.
Do you provide Speech Language Therapy services to children who do not have an Autism Diagnosis?
Yes! We are accepting children with any diagnosis for Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy Services.
What would a speech/language therapist do to help my child learn language?
SLPs have a specific expertise in meeting your child at their current language level to help build skills through structured play therapy, modeling, and providing meaningful and rewarding opportunities for your child to learn to communicate.
ABA addresses language and communication too, how is Speech/Language therapy different?
This is correct! Building functional communication skills through positive reinforcement is a key part of the ABA program. The purpose of this is to help decrease and replace behaviors through increasing communication opportunities. SLPs take this one step further, by building a wider variety of vocabulary, social language skills, teaching alternative communication methods, and focusing on creating a language rich environment during therapy based on your child’s specific needs. SLPs teach children not only to request items or help, but to learn to understand how to comment on the environment, gain information, initiate social interaction, share personal interests, ask questions, and more.