Speech and language development is a key component of our learning development program for those students that have difficulty pronouncing words, socializing with others, and expressing themselves. The foundational building blocks for the development of speech and language depends on the ability to hear, articulate and enunciate, and use the muscles of the mouth correctly.
Kids don’t have to experience hearing loss to struggle with speech and language. Many times, our students struggle with producing language even though they hear what is spoken to them as other children do. That is why several of our students who need help with speech and language often think they are saying words and thoughts correctly, but often become frustrated when parents and teachers can’t understand what they are saying.
Children with speech and language challenges may become withdrawn or isolated and sometimes have a hard time paying attention because they missed the point or experience unsuccessful interactions.
- Speech & Language Challenges
Parents who have children with speech and language challenges may notice some of the following:
- Speech is difficult to understand.
- Leaves the beginning or ending sounds off his or her words.
- The child struggles to say words or sentences (for example, “frow” the ball instead of “throw” the ball).
- They may not understand the words being used or the instructions they hear.
- Difficulties knowing how to talk and listen to others in a conversation.
- Struggles with language expression and word usage.
- Difficulty with expressive and receptive language.
- Speech & Language Solutions
At Integrated Learning Strategies, we train our students to process the words they hear, recognize their own voice, and develop the muscles of the mouth and lips to say words and phrases correctly. Our trained experts work with our students one-on-one to develop speech and language skills by doing the following:
- Integrate auditory stimulation to build receptive language so students can understand and process the information that they hear.
- Integrate lip and tongue exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve speech and language development.
- Use microphone and headphone techniques so students can hear how they are pronouncing words to enhance their expressive language, articulation, and enunciation.