A speech and language therapist (SLT) will usually carry out an initial assessment at around 18-24 months, followed by a further assessment once the child is around three years old. These assessments look at how well your child understands words as well as how they sound when they speak. In these sessions it may seem like the therapist is just playing games with your child, but this is an important part of the assessment process to be able to assess the child in a more natural activity.
If the assessments show that a child has difficulties with speech, the SLT will advise on further treatment, which, as well as direct therapy, could include teaching you exercises to help your child’s development at home and/or liaising with your child’s teachers to make sure they get appropriate support outside of any scheduled SLT sessions.
Tools used by Speech Language Pathologists:
Tools commonly used in speech therapy include:
- Placement tools (correct tongue positioning for certain sounds)
- Oral sensory chews
- Tongue depressors
- Picture boards
- Dry erase boards
- Flip charts
- Sensory toys
- Formal tools & assessments
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