SPEECH THERAPY Services
Beginning Speech Therapy with ESABA
Clients seeking speech therapy services are required to provide or schedule an initial assessment before beginning. Speech therapy may not be recommended or initiated without first completing an assessment.
The initial assessment is a significant determinant in the need for speech therapy, to develop and adjust goals, to provide recommendations, to monitor progress and much more.
Speech-Language Pathologist will provide results for the parent to review. If you have questions, your child’s Speech-Language Pathologist will be happy to address them with you.
Elite Spectrum ABA will accept any outside speech-language assessments that are completed by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, provide adequate data with which to develop a treatment plan/goals, and are completed within one year of the date speech therapy services are to begin. In accordance with best practices, assessment data drives therapy goals to most effectively meet the needs of your child. Therefore, it is important that we have thorough and detailed assessment data prior to initiating speech therapy. If an outside speech-language assessment is provided that does not include sufficient information to develop an informed treatment plan and goals or does not represent the current functioning of your child, we may ask for additional testing.
Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), commonly referred to as speech therapists, specialize in helping clients build and better their skills by working with them one-on-one, in small groups, or in the clinic.
SLPs can assist with and treat the following, plus more:
Articulation problems: Not speaking clearly and making errors in sounds.
Fluency problems: Trouble with the flow of speech, such as stuttering.
Oral feeding problems: Trouble with eating, swallowing and drooling.
Expressive language problems: Difficulty speaking (expressing) language.
Pragmatic language problems: Difficulty using language in socially appropriate ways.
Treatment is catered to each client’s unique needs. Speech therapy for young children has been shown to be most successful when started early. (Roberts & Kaiser, 2011) One benefit of speech therapy is that clients learn to speak more clearly which can also help increase their confidence and decrease frustration. Speech is also beneficial for those who may suffer from issues such as dyslexia. Speech therapy can help them hear and distinguish specific sounds in words: the word bat breaks down into b, a, and t sounds. This can improve reading comprehension skills and encourage more reading.