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How Young is Too Young to Start Speech?

Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. A child’s overall future and success can be improved greatly through the early identification of communication disorders, establishment of their causes, and subsequent intervention.

 Children with a history of language difficulties are at risk for poorer outcomes in a variety of areas:
• expressing their wants and needs
• academic achievement and educational attainment
• social-emotional relations (e.g., like making or keeping friends)
• occupational status

Early intervention is meant to ensure that our intervention will offset challenges that these children and their families may face.  If we can build a solid foundation early on, we will achieve better outcomes in their futures.

References: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2010). Incidence and prevalence of communication disorders and hearing loss in children-2008 edition. http://www.asha.org/research/reports/children.htm

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About Express Yourself SLP

Express Yourself Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) offers treatment, prevention, advocacy, education, and administration, in the areas of communication and swallowing from birth through 18 years of age These are the areas of speech, language and feeding I work on with chidlren in their own homes or in the community: Articulation – finding the right place in the mouth to make a sound like /s/ or /r/. Expressive Language – grammar, vocabulary development, and language development (this might be sign language or verbal language) Disfluency (stuttering) – decreasing and eliminating disfluency and concomitant behaviors associated with stuttering. Feeding – increasing food repetoire including textures, colors, and flavors. Receptive Language - comprehension of verbal or signed language Social Language – understanding and implementing expected social rules in play and conversation. This can be individually or in groups with peers Sessions are 50 minutes. Parents or caregivers must be present when sessions are in the home. If the caregiver would like a community outting, the child must be driven to the desired location by a caregiver or it should be within walking distance of the home. Parents or caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to join in community outtings.

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