Tel 011 463-1211
reception@pawc.co.za
39 Highland Ave Bryanston

Speech & Language Therapy

SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE:

  • Assessment
  • Therapy
  • Parent guidance and support
  • Educator guidance and support
  • Liaison with Educators, other Therapists and Psychologists
  • Case discussions and Progress discussions
  • Parent workshops
  • Educator workshops

WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?

“The essence of human behaviour is speech. Those of us who have spoken so much, so easily, so well, for so long, find it difficult to comprehend the remarkable complexities of communication” (Van Riper, 1972)

What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-Language Pathology is the study of human communication disorders. Communication is a complex aspect of human behaviour. The ability to communicate is central to all that we do, to who we are, how we learn and how we relate to each other at home, at school and at work. A child or adult with a communication disorder may encounter many obstacles to learning, communicating and employment. Communication is involved in a lot of factors of the school day. Students need to listen, express answers, write responses, and interact with peers and teachers. Communication is a necessity in the classroom. Can you imagine the struggles one would have if one cannot do any of those things? Learning will be quite a challenge!
A Speech-Language Therapist focuses on the assessment and remediation of deficits in the following areas:

Speech production:
Remediation of misarticulated speech sounds, development of the speech sound system, planning and coordinating the oro-motor movements needed to make speech sounds

Language:
Receptive language: This is the understanding of language. Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.

Expressive language: This is the use of language. Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, vocabulary limitations, sentence formulation, grammar, vocabulary expansion, and verbal reasoning and storytelling/narrative skills.

Pragmatic language: This is the ability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Auditory Perception:
This refers to the processing of heard information. This is not linked to hearing acuity. This relates to auditory memory, the ability to follow oral directions, discrimination of similar and same sounding words, understanding of information presented verbally and reasoning skills.

Phonological Awareness:
Phonological awareness skills refer to the ability to manipulate sounds within words, and having awareness of the phonological structure, or sound structure, of words. This is precursor for developing reading and literacy skills. This includes hearing sounds in words, segmenting sounds in a word, blending sounds together, and rhyming skills.

Voice disorders:
This includes issues with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice.

Stuttering:
Fluency disorders include stuttering, a condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions, or prolonging sounds and syllables.