Speech language therapy enhances the child's articulation of age appropriate sounds and teaches appropriate language skills used to understand, retain and convey information. Speech Therapy also encourages age appropriate play skills and other means of communication when needed such as gesturing, sign language, and assistive technology.
Speech therapists are also trained in the use of oral motor facilitation to increase or decrease musculature in the oral cavity. These techniques are used to increase communication and facilitate eating, drinking and swallowing skills.
Speech therapists use a variety or toys, manipulatives and technology in therapy including but not limited to games, books, computers, music and ear phones or instruments, varieties of textured food and drinks, oral motor tools such as brushes and vibration, and therapeutic toys.
Audiological screenings are performed by speech therapists to assess hearing skills and therapy using various sounds and vibrations are used to increase hearing abilities and sound awareness. Sign language is taught and the use of augmentative communication is used to facilitate communication in the hearing impaired child.