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Speech Therapy

What's an SLP?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP), also known as a speech therapist, is a healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. They work with individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly, who have difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, and/or swallowing.

 

Speech-language pathologists help individuals improve their ability to communicate effectively and to understand and express language. They also work with patients who have difficulty with articulation (pronouncing sounds correctly), phonology (understanding and using the rules of speech sounds in language), stuttering, voice disorders (such as hoarseness or pitch problems), and cognitive-communication disorders (such as difficulty with attention, memory, and problem-solving).

Speech Sound Development

Listed below are the ages of acquisition for speech sounds. If your child is experiencing difficulty producing any age-appropriate sounds this may be a sign of a speech sound disorder.  

2-3 Years: P,B,D,M,N,H,W

3-4 Years: T,K,G,NG,F,Y

4-5 Years: V,S,Z,SH,CH,J,L

5-6 Years: TH (voiced), ZH, R

6-7 Years: TH (voiceless)

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Expressive Language Development

Below are the average numbers of words that children should have at different ages. If your child is not using the expected number of words, it could be an indication of a language disorder.

12 Months: 2-6 Words

15 Months: 10 Words

18 Months: 50 Words

24 Months: 200-300 Words

30 Months: 450 Words

36 Months: 1000 Words

48 Months: 1,600 Words

If you notice any signs of speech, language, or hearing delays in your child, please contact us for professional support and early intervention that can make a significant impact on their future success.

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