Mindnasium Speech Therapy Essentials

Mindnasium Speech Therapy

According to the latest reports of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 5% of kids ages 3 to 17 have a speech disorder in the United States. Although there are many speech therapists who provide quality support, Mindnasium uses a holistic and compassionate approach to treating speech disorders in children. Our approach includes engaging, fun activities to help children improve their language skills and vocabulary. Let us look at Mindnasium’s speech therapy essentials to improve articulation and fluency in children.

 

What are Speech Therapy Essentials?

Speech therapy is a vast field that helps improve speech, language, and eating or swallowing disorders in children. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) use a bag of resources, including assessment tools, audio and visual aids, worksheets, and engaging activities to achieve critical development milestones in children. 

These essential resources are chosen based on initial assessments and tests that speech pathologists use to gauge how difficult it is for a child to communicate or express themselves. 

 

Speech Therapy Essentials

Following are some speech therapy tools used by Mindnasium speech pathologists to achieve literacy, communication, articulation, and sensory feedback during the therapy process. This will lead you to an accurate speech or language diagnosis. While every tool has its specific use and advantage, they are carefully used to achieve optimal outcomes. 

 

  • Assessment Tools

The initial phase of speech therapy begins with a practical assessment that helps diagnose disorders in children. Mindnasium uses the following assessment tools to create a treatment plan for children. 

  • Standardized Tests like the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (GFTA-3), Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT-2), and the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals.
  • Screening tools like the Preschool Language Scale to evaluate expressive language skills.

 

  • Therapy Materials

Therapy materials might include the following resources for learning specific sounds or phrases.

  • Flashcards, songs, and poems to express themselves
  • Storybooks for language skills
  • Board games to develop vocabulary

 

  • Technological Aids

Technology aids have made speech therapy more accessible through telepathy, instant feedback, and practice opportunities while turning speech therapy into a personalized, fun, and engaging exercise. Our essential technological aids include:

  • Software like Proloquo2Go, Articulation Station, and others.
  • Voice output communication aids like Talking Keyboards.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) sets.

 

  • Articulation Tools

These tools help children produce specific sounds correctly. Some examples are:

  • Mirrors to let them see how sounds form.
  • Phoneme Charts for accents.
  • Speech Buddies to showcase tongue placement.

 

  • AAC Devices

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are essential assistive technology aids for kids who cannot entirely rely on verbal speech alone to communicate. These devices include picture boards, communication books, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), and Tobii Dynavox, which help children express themselves effectively. 

 

  • Recording Equipment

Speech Therapy Pathologists (SLP) use recording equipment like digital sound recorders and smartphones to identify errors and track SLP outcomes. Recordings are also shared with parents to help them review progress and consult on future goals. 

 

  • Visual Supports

Speech pathologists at Mindnasium use visual support to communicate with children to address speech and language challenges. Items such as pictures, symbols, objects, gestures, signs, and written words help improve memory function, language learning, and self-regulation in children. For example, showing a picture of a bat can help children recall the B sound.

 

  • Therapy Programs

Therapy programs provide support, evidence-based care, and treatment options to children to improve their literacy, vocabulary, and sound and speech articulation. Some renowned therapy programs across New York include Mindnasuim Speech Therapy, Hanen Programs, Lindamood-Bell Programs, Orton-Gillingham, and many more.

 

  • Resource Books

We use various resource books to offer valuable information and strategies. Some include:

  • It Takes Two To Talk: A Practical Guide For Parents of Children With Language Delays by author Elaine Weitzman.
  • The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet, written by author Dr. Marilyn Agin.

 

  • Comfort Items

Our expert trainers understand that personal objects make kids feel at ease. We allow them to bring their comfort items during speech therapy sessions. It could be anything like their favorite toy, doll, pillow, or book. They can also pick stress balls or Fidget toys to calm themselves.

 

Conclusion

Any early assessment and speech therapy can help your child improve vocabulary, sound, and literacy so that they can better express themselves. Join our Mindnasium Speak program for the best services in New York. It is a Speech-Language Pathology practice that helps kids overcome speaking challenges. Enroll now to work with trained and expert educators and get the best possible outcomes.

 

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How do I choose the right speech therapy aids for my child?

If you are looking for the right speech therapy aid, consider some aspects first. As a parent, you must understand your kid’s specific needs. Pick a tool suitable for his age and developmental stage. Watch if your kid is interested in it. Finally, make sure the tool is user-friendly. Consult Mindnasium to make the correct therapy decisions. 

Can technological aids like apps and software enhance speech therapy?

Yes. Advanced technological aids like apps and software enhance speech therapy with engaging content and adaptability to users’ needs.

What are AAC devices, and who can benefit from them? 

AAC devices are Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. These tools are helpful for those kids who have severe speech impairments. These devices range from low-tech to high-tech, including BIGmack Communicator, Hip Talk Plus Communicator, and others.