Speech Therapy Fort Worth
What is a Speech Therapist?
What is Speech Therapy?
Pragmatic/Social Language Disorders
This involves using language for different purposes (greetings, informing, demanding, requesting, etc), changing language according to the needs of the listener and/or the situation ( speaking differently in a classroom versus playground, talking differently to a baby versus an adult, giving background information to an unfamiliar listener) and following rules for conversation and storytelling (taking turns in conversation, introducing topics of conversation, staying on topic, rephrasing when misunderstood, etc.)
An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. For example, “wock” for “rock”, “nana” for “banana”, “thoap” for “soap”. These errors may make it hard for people to understand you.
A phonological process disorder involves patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like “k” and “g” for those in the front of the mouth like “t” and “d” (e.g., saying “tup” for “cup” or “das” for “gas”).
How do you diagnose a communication disorder?
Based on the parent interview and observations, the speech therapist will select a battery of tests to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
During the evaluation, the therapist also may try out different tactics to figure out how your child responds to treatment. Once the therapist makes a diagnosis, she’ll work closely with you to develop an effective treatment plan appropriate for the child and family.