- Childhood speech intervention is designed to enhance and improve verbal articulation proficiency to a functional and/or age-appropriate level, in turn maximizing the child's academic and communicative potential.
- An articulation delay/disorder is characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds correctly. The sounds could be omitted, distorted or substituted by other sounds.
- Children with articulation difficulties often compensate for their inability to produce more difficult sounds by substituting them with sounds that are easier for them to produce or leaving out those difficult sounds altogether.
- Depending on a child's chronological age, current level of cognitive functioning, as well as his/her individual speech and language needs, a variety of methods and modalities could be tailored and incorporated to address those needs in therapy.
- With younger children, various forms of play therapy may be utilized to target the child's needs.
- With school-aged children, more structured tasks with computer software, various games and drill work would often be incorporated.
To enhance skills in the areas of:
- speech sound production
- strength and coordination of muscles needed for speech production
- the ability to be understood by others
- The Youngerman Center Clinic operates from 9:00 am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday during the University Academic Calendar.
- Melissa Sidor, Clinic Director (716) 673-3203
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