Speech Therapy focuses on all aspects of communication which include:
- Learning To Talk
- Combining Words
- Forming Sentences
- Articulation And Pronunciation
- Answering Questions
- Following Directions
Total Communication Approach
SLPs utilize a total communication approach to assist in a client’s ability to communicate wants and needs where typical communication skills are limited.
SLPs teach using Picture Exchange Communications Systems (PECS) or Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices to improve functional communication skills.
The Social Aspect of Communication
In addition, SLPs focus on the social aspect of communication—called pragmatics—either individually or in a group setting.
Areas of pragmatics include:
- Body Language
- Personal Body Space
- Conversational Skills
- Eye Contact
- Perceiving Others’ Feelings
Speech Therapy targets improvements in swallowing, chewing, and drinking using various muscular exercises.