Learn More about Speech Language Pathology
Web sites with good parent information
Books we recommend to learn more about speech and language
- Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences-/A Parent’s Complete Guide to Language Development by KennApel and Julie Masterson
- The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs by Sue Schwartz
- Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
- Froggy Gets Dressed and others by Jonathan London
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold
- Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell
- Kiss Me I’m Perfect by Robert Munsch
- Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino
- If You Give A Pig A Pancake and others by Laura Numeroff
- Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
- The Very Busy Spider | The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See | From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- No, David | David Goes to School | David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
- ChickaChicka Boom Boomby Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer
- ABC of Jobs by Roger Priddy
- One Bear at Bedtime by Mick Inkpen
- The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard
- One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Picture Scene Books
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
- Spot’s Big Book of Words by Eric Hill
Frequently Asked Questions
Does having frequent ear infections affect my child’s speech/language development?
It may. Children who have frequent ear infections may experience times of decreased hearing levels. Decreased ability to hear can impact a child’s ability to naturally develop their speech and language skills.
What do speech/language skills have to do with reading and writing?
Speech and language abilities, both the ability to understand language and to use language to share with others, are directly tied to reading and writing abilities. Children with speech difficulties may have trouble sounding out words for reading and writing. Children with language difficulties may have trouble processing sounds (phonology), understanding and using vocabulary, or creating sentences with correct grammar.
What is the difference between speech and language?
Speech refers to the ability to make sounds and to sequence those sounds to make words, sentences, and conversational speech. Children with speech difficulties have trouble pronouncing words or producing speech that others can understand. Also under the speech area are fluency, which involves the ability to produce speech of normal rate and flow, and voice, which refers to the quality, pitch, loudness and resonance of the voice.
Language refers to the ability to understand things that other say (receptive language) and to use words to communicate with others (expressive language). Language covers many areas including vocabulary, grammar, and the ability to use language to interact socially.
Will my insurance cover speech/language services?
Insurance plans vary widely in their coverage for speech/language evaluations and therapy. Some plans only cover services following an injury or for certain medical diagnoses. It is important that you research what type of coverage your insurance plan offers with regard to speech/language services. Our patient services staff will be happy to assist you in determining coverage available for your insurance plan.
How long will this take?
The length of time a child or adult is in need of speech language therapy services varies widely by the individual. Many factors contribute to progress including completion of home recommendations, regular attendance at therapy sessions, patient motivation, and the severity of the speech/language problem. Testing is completed on scheduled intervals to keep all involved aware of progress.