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Parent Blog

Speech therapy is often believed to be primarily focused on helping children produce speech sounds more accurately; however, speech therapy involves much more than teaching sounds.

The benefits of speech therapy extend far beyond improved speech sound production. Speech therapy provides children with the gift of better communication. Children who can confidently and effectively communicate with others are more independent, have higher self-esteem, perform better in school, and achieve greater success in forming long lasting bonds. Speech therapy builds confidence, reduces anxiety and frustration, and improves the overall quality of life for the patient and the family.  

Playing is the work of children, and it is essential to brain development. Speech therapy improves purposeful play with toys as well as interactive play with others which in turn improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.  

Speech therapy teaches the skills children need to demonstrate social appropriateness in a variety of settings and situations. Through speech therapy, children develop the ability to follow conversational rules and improve their ability to interact with others as they develop meaningful relationships.

Additional Benefits of Speech Therapy:

  • Teaches children to express their thoughts, ideas, wants, and needs in an effective, creative, and understandable way.  
  • Prepares children for success in the academic setting by teaching school readiness skills including pre-literacy development.  
  • Helps children understand and use appropriate nonverbal communication skills such as facial expressions, body language, and gestures.
  • Improves articulation, vocal quality, and fluency which are all necessary components of intelligible speech. Children who are intelligible and able to be understood by others when speaking are more confident in themselves.
  • Improves oral motor skills and swallowing function which allows children to more safely consume age appropriate foods.
  • Builds vocabulary and helps children put words together to form sentences that make sense.
  • Helps children understand spoken messages, so they are better able to follow directions in the home and school.
  • Trains nonverbal children to use alternative communication devices such as picture exchange communication systems, text to speech program, or speech generating devices because all children deserve a voice.  
The ability to express oneself is of utmost importance. Speech therapy can help children reach their greatest communication potential and set them on a course for success. If you feel your child might benefit from Speech Therapy services, Pediatrics Plus is here to help. Contact your pediatrician today to see if our services could help your family or to learn more, Contact Us today!