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Who Can Benefit From Speech Therapy?
While some people assume that only small children benefit from speech therapy, the truth is people of all ages can and do see positive effects from speech & language therapy, as the brain is constantly changing. Speech & language therapy can manipulate the pathways of the brain involved in speech & language through new learning and experience. It is never too early or too late for speech therapy.
What We Do
tuLIPS Speech Therapy is a private practice conveniently located in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. We specialize in muscle based and traditional speech, language therapy for all ages.
Our mission at tuLIPS Speech Therapy is to provide professional speech & language therapy services to people of all ages and abilities. We focus on providing the highest quality services to our clients in a family centered manner, creating opportunities for success and empowering each client to reach their full potential through individualized services.
tuLIPS Speech Therapy is dedicated to offering the highest quality, research based, speech & language treatment plans that are individualized to each client. tuLIPS Speech Therapy offers individual speech & language screenings, consultations, assessments and therapy. Our professional services are designed to enhance skills in areas of articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, voice quality and fluency.
Our team believes that the family is an important part of the therapy process, and includes parents, extended family and friends in every step along the way.
tuLIPS philosophy is for each person to achieve maximum success in speech therapy. Each session is designed to provide the foundation needed for language and the boost needed to reach important milestones. It is our goal to specifically train parents and family members so that they can be empowered to affect positive changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist, also referred to as a speech therapist, is a professional who specializes in working with individuals to improve their communication and feeding skills. The role of a speech therapist is to identify, assess, treat and prevent communication disorders in all modalities (spoken, written, pictorial and manual) both receptively and expressively. In pediatrics, a speech-language pathologist works to develop and maximize the child’s speech, language, and feeding skills in a motivating play setting with the goal of increasing their independence and ability to communicate.
Speech-language pathologists are required to receive a master’s degree and may also have a doctoral degree. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) issues a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) to individuals who meet certain criteria. Individuals who have received their CCC-SLP have obtained a master’s degree or doctorate in the field with at least 25 hours of clinical observation and 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum. In addition, certificate holder must have a year of paid professional experience and have passed a national examination. Ongoing professional development must be demonstrated through a variety of continuing education options including conferences and classes. The state department of education and the State professional licensing board can also issue credentials for Speech-Language Pathologists.
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a service provided by a speech-language pathologist that helps improve a person’s verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Depending on the area of deficit, speech therapy may focus on improving several different areas such as speech production, understanding language and expressing language, social skills, and feeding or swallowing.
What is a Speech or Language Delay & Disorder?
Speech is the sound that comes out of our mouths. When it cannot be understood, there is a problem. Language has to do with meanings, rather than sounds. Language is a measure of intelligence and language delays are much more serious than speech problems. A language delay is when a child’s language is developing in the right sequence, but at a slower rate. Speech and language disorder describes abnormal language development. Speech and language delays and disorders are the most common developmental problem among preschool children. It affects five to ten percent of preschool kids. Speech and/or language delays can be identified and treated as young as 12 months of age. Child development research has shown that the 0-3 years are critical for learning language. Research has also found that “only through early identification and appropriate programming can children develop their potential”. Take a look at a speech and language milestones chart.
What is the difference between speech & language?
Speech is defined as spoken language. It refers to “how” we produce sounds and words and involves articulation, voice, and fluency.
Language is a socially shared code that represents concepts with arbitrary symbols, which provides a set of rules as to how those symbols can be combined and used. It refers to the entire system of expressing and receiving information in a way that’s meaningful. It involves our understanding of others (receptive) and our meaningful expression of thoughts and feelings (expressive).
Is my child’s speech and language normal?
Language milestones vary widely. As a rule though, a typical 2-year-old should have an expressive vocabulary of around 100 words. Children start putting two words together such as “mommy go” or “red car” anywhere between 14 and 28 months. Young children understand the meaning of many words before they are able to produce these same words. At 24 months, a typically developing toddler will understand up to 900 words, and will produce about 9 or 10 different sounds, such as M, P, B, T, and D. As a general rule of thumb, children should be understandable 100% of the time by age 4. However, many children may have some “later developing” sounds that they have not yet mastered, such as R, or TH. There are “red flags” that may influence speech and language development. These are: family history of speech and/or language delay, frequent recurring ear infections, being male, not having adequate language stimulation or opportunities to communicate, and being born a second or later child. Click for additional Red Flags”.
What should I do if I suspect my child has a speech or language delay?
If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, do not hesitate to address your concerns with your pediatrician. Request a referral to have speech-language pathologist (SLP) evaluate your child to determine whether or not your child qualifies for services. If services are warranted, your SLP should present her findings and goals for treatment before beginning treatment.
Will my child benefit from Speech Therapy?
General indicators of a speech and language delay are listed below.
If you answer “yes” to one or more of following, your child may benefit from speech-language therapy.
Is your child:
- 1 year old or younger and is not making or responding to sounds
- Older than 1 year of age and has not produced any words
- Does not appear to speak as well as peers
- Does not seem to understand what is being said to them
- Exhibits frustration when unable to communicate needs and wants
- Is not understood by unfamiliar people and at times familiar people
- Does not follow simple directions
- Does not respond when spoken to
- Is 2 years old and non-verbal
- Is over the age of 3 and does not produce the sounds m,n, ng, p, f, h, w
- Is slow to respond or answer questions
- Has difficulty putting thoughts together to express ideas
- Has difficulty thinking of a particular word
- Difficulty with social interactions (peers, family, community)