The speech therapy session that I observed was in the Healthstar Pediatric Rehab and Home Health, was on July 15th, 2015 and the name of the speech therapist was Audrey and the child who was eleven years old and his name was Brett. The type of speech impairment is non-verbal, the child can only say “mom”. The focus of the therapy session were answering yes/no questions and reviewing his words with an electronic device for example, his name, his age, his words, for example, transportation. He was reviewing the word “boat, helicopter, fire truck, motorcycle, car, bus, dump truck”. The therapist was showing him the colorful big card with the pictures on it and she was sorting the matching cards, showing him the card at one time with one image
There may be a recognised syndrome or disorder that causes language difficulty for the child and is not able to communicate with others. The child may have a lack of stimulation and support to provide the rich language experience necessary to develop speech, language and communication skills. For example at school, the setting may not have an enabling environment to stimulate the child’s different interests necessary for acquiring language. The books, music, songs and so on may not stimulate and interest the child.
Speech, language and communication difficulties can have a profound and lasting effect on children’s lives and development. These can affect their ability to communicate and interact with others. The impact of these difficulties will vary depending on the severity of the problems, the support they receive, the demands of the child’s environment
Some of the duties of a speech pathologist are, but are not limited to, evaluate patients’ levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty, identify treatment options, teach patients how to make sounds and improve their voices, work with patients to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow, and counsel patients and families on how to cope with communication and swallowing disorders (Duties, www.bls.org, 2015). ‘If the speech-language pathologists work in medical facilities, they work with physicians and surgeons, social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare workers’ (Duties, www.bls.org, 2015).
The opportunity to observe the work overview of a Speech Pathologist, has tremendously solidified my interest in this field. At the Diana Rogovin Speech Center at Brooklyn College, I observed clients of various ages with different speech language disorders including articulation, language, voice, fluency and accent modification. Observing clinicians at the speech center gave me the opportunity to learn how important client-clinician interaction is for the session and how essential it is to build a good relationship with the client. Although I learned the
Speech and language therapy helps provide children, young people and their families with life changing treatments and support. Speech and language therapy can provide a wide range of help the services are mainly known for helping children and young people with communication problems but they also help children and young people that have problems eating, drinking and swallowing. Using specialist skills, the speech and language therapy work directly with clients and their careers and help develop tailored support that suits their individual needs. These therapists work alongside teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors and nurses the people that benefit from speech and language therapy range from all ages.
In the profession of speech-language pathology, there are a variety of settings and clients with diverse needs to work with. One is able to work with not only children, but people of all age groups. Throughout my undergraduate program, I was able to gain the necessary skills in order to write professional reports for both medical and educational settings. The principles of formulating goals, establishing effective communication skills, and being flexible with your clients were among the many important skills I
Melody used her speech generating computer to assist her express her needs and thoughts to her parents, peers, and teachers. Melody was also able to participate in classroom activities she couldn’t before she had her Medi-Talker. She could answer questions by clicking on her keyboard’s letter “A”, “B”, “C”, and “D” and print them out to turn in. A big reason why Melody’s parents didn’t get her a speech generating device sooner was because they didn’t know they were available. I would advise families that have a child with a communication issue to research augmentative and alternative communication devices. These devices can be as high technologically advance as a speech generating computer or as simple as a word board. Melody used a word board before her Medi-Talker; it helped her express her needs such as “hungry” or “sleepy” and communicate with her peers by pointing her thumb to words like “nice” and “shoes”. No matter if it’s a computer or a word board the right assistive tool can tremendous help an individual with a
The career, Speech Therapist, stood out to me because of the concept of helping someone overcome an issue that they may have had all of their life. By helping a person develop a common skill, you could be changing their life in a positive way. To actually hear the progress you have made through the person’s own mouth is something that would make you feel like you have a purpose and that is to help people make their lives better. The occupation of this career is to basically help people that either have a speech impediment or some type of disorder to communicate better and cope with social malfunctions they may have experienced in their life and will experience in the mere future. So
When I began my undergraduate career in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at UNT, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after taking a handful of classes, I was excited to find out that the major had many interesting aspects to it, including my favorite; science. After being in the program for a year, speech therapy began to grow on me more and more. Not only was I fortunate enough to actually enjoy something blindly chosen, but for once in my life I was beginning to feel passionate about
The participation model begins by identifying the participation patterns and communication needs where the clinician then identifies participation barriers (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013, p. 108). SLP’s are then taught to differentiate between assessing opportunity barriers and assessing access barriers in the concept that the working clinician evaluates policy, practice, facilitator skill, facilitator knowledge, attitude, and current communication (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013, p. 108). The client’s current communication assessment includes a full assessment of their possible potential to increase natural abilities, an assessment of potential environmental adaptations, and an assessment of the potential to utilize AAC systems or devices (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013, p. 108). Once there has been a thorough analysis the speech language pathologist should plan and implement interventions that will span across the present and the future with a follow up to determine how effective the intervention has been in advancing a client’s participation (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013, p.
A speech language pathologist, otherwise known as an SLP, deals with many people throughout their career, which includes patients who do and do not want to receive assistance for their disorders. Sometimes a patient might refuse because they are too young to understand why they need therapy, and adults might refuse the aid of an SLP because they do not find it necessary to receive treatment for the speech, language, or hearing disorder. To address these problems SLP’s will have to give the proper help to the patient as needed. For a child, the SLP might use toys or activities to get the child involved in a talking atmosphere. In a adult’s case, it would be ideal to give the patient as much information as possible in order to let them fully
needed the child could be referred to a speech therapist such as SALT. If the child/young person
Based on the outcome assessments the speech therapist may find alternatives to increase treatment outcomes.
With the already high-impact pressures that are put on students in education these days, difficulties in speech and language only escalate their stress. Due to the progress made in technology though, several of these children can adapt to their educational environments smoothly and without concern.