Autism Speech Therapy Services
Our Orange County locations, through our partnership with Children’s Learning Connection, provide speech therapy assessments, consultations, and sessions for a variety of concerns in the following areas:
- Phonological Disorders
- Apraxia of Speech
- Fluency Disorders
- Voice dysfunction
- Delayed language development
- Specific Language Impairment
- Auditory and Language Processing Disorders
- Social-Communication and Cognitive-Communication Disorders
What is a speech language pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and communication disorders. SLPs have a master’s degree in speech language pathology, are licensed by the state of California, and hold national certification from the America Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Some SLPs work as a team with a speech language pathology assistant (SLPA). An SLPA holds an educational degree in the field of speech language pathology and is licensed by the state of California to provide speech-language therapy under the supervision of an SLP. It’s a lot like a physician’s assistant working under the direction of a physician.
What is speech? What is language? What’s the difference?
Language is the ability to use words meaningfully and includes the following:
- Vocabulary (e.g., understanding what words mean and how to use them correctly)
- How to put words together to forms phrases, sentences and questions
- How to use langauge to communicate socially
Speech is the verbal means of communicating and consists of the following:
- Articulation is how speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the “r” sound in order to say “rock” instead of “walk”)
- Voice is the use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice)
- Fluency is the rhythm of speech (e.g., stuttering can affect fluency)
Click here to access ASHA’s Speech and Language Development Charts
At what point should I be concerned about my child’s development?
Both social and academic success depends on well-developed speech and language skills. Your child may be having difficulty developing these skills if:
- Your child has experienced ear infections or an unusually long stay (six months or more) in the hospital.
- Your child is not understood by playmates or others outside the immediate family.
- Your child is frustrated when trying to communicate and the situation does not improve over a one- or two-month period.
- Your child has a delay of six months or more in developing speech and language skills.
If you have concerns, you should have your child evaluated. Please contact Children’s Learning Connection to set up an evaluation. Your pediatrician may also be able to provide you with referrals.