Communication is a vital skill that children need to develop in order to reach their full potential. When a child struggles to communicate effectively it can result in problems with reading, writing, learning and social skills.
Speech therapy is an intervention that focuses on improving a childs speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language. Speech and language therapists provide treatment, support and care for children and families who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech therapists often work as part of a team, which may include, counsellors, occupational therapists, teachers, audiologists and others.
Some children have excellent pronunciation and may be good at reading, but they may need speech therapy to improve the way they interact with others in social situations, either verbally or in their body language or both. Other children may need speech therapy due to medical conditions such as a brain injury or an identifiable disability such as Down Syndrome. Conditions such as autism, hearing loss, cerebral palsy and developmental delays may also cause difficulty with speech and language development.