Working with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child 0 – 21 years old with speech or language difficulties and so much more. They work with both typically developing kids who are struggling in a certain area in addition to children who have disabilities or complex conditions to improve their speech and quality of life. Speech therapists work with families and kids to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders.
A speech therapy evaluation may be appropriate if your child or a child you know 0 – 21 years of age is demonstrating any of the following :
* Does not follow simple two-step directions involving familiar objects; get the ball and put it on the table
* Is not understood by adults and peers at least 50% of the time
* Does not show interest in communicating with others
* Poor vocabulary and/or difficulty recalling meanings of new words learned
* Difficulty with memory, problem-solving, and other cognitive deficits
* Difficulty remembering names and overuses words like “it”, “thing”
* Does not respond to name and simple instructions (ex. come here, stop) by 12-16 months
* Prefers gestures such as pointing to communicate instead of talking by 18 months
* Speech is interrupted; stuttering, prolonged sounds, hesitations
* Difficulty swallowing; frequent coughing/choking or chews for a long time when eating and drinking
If you have questions or are interested in receiving pediatric therapy services, contact your child’s physician for a referral or call the therapy department. For Glacial Ridge Health System’s Pediatric Therapy Services in Glenwood, MN (near Alexandria, Starbuck, Benson, Morris, and Sauk Centre) call 320.634.2015.