We strongly believe in providing the highest quality of specialized services for children with specific speech and language disorders.
At Magro Speech Therapy, we pride ourselves in having completed significant education and post-graduate coursework to specialize in serving the following populations/disorders in order to provide you with the best care and outcomes for your child.
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) "is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech." -ApraxiaKids.org
It is imperative that CAS is diagnosed and treated by an SLP with additional training in order to confirm a differential diagnosis and to provide evidence-based treatment strategies. By working with an SLP with specialized training in CAS, your child will receive appropriate treatment in order to facilitate progress in their speech skills, and improve their intelligibility and overall communication skills.
Gestalt Language Processing (GLP)
Gestalt Language Processing (GLP), or Gestalt Language Acquisition, is a type of language development which begins with a child using gestalts (i.e. multi-word phrases) as their initial units of language which are later broken down to single words and novel utterances. This type of development is in contrast to "analytic language development" where children learn single words that they build into longer phrases.
Although, not always, gestalt language processing is predominantly considered to be the type of language development observed with autistic or neurodivergent individuals. This is often referred to as echolalia, which in terms of gestalt language acquisition, would be the initial units of that child's natural development of language.
speech sound disorders
Articulation Disorders: characterized by errors in production of individual speech sounds. For example, a child is unable to accurately produce the "s" sound.
Phonological Disorders: characterized by predictable, rule-based errors that affect more than one sound. These errors follow consistent patterns. For example, a child may consistently leave off the end sound in a word which is not dependent on the specific sound, rather is caused by consistent error of deleting the final sound.
Late Language Emergence
Late language emergence (LLE) is a delay in language onset with no other diagnosed disabilities or delays. These children are often referred to as "late talkers" as their language development is below age expectations. These may have fewer words in their vocabulary than expected for their age, they may have difficulty understanding what is said to them and following directions, or they may show difficulty in both domains of expressive and receptive language.
Although, some children do naturally catch up to their same-aged peers, these children may be at risk for developing language and/or literacy difficulties/disorders. Scheduling and evaluation with a licensed SLP can help you determine the needs of your child and if therapy is warranted.
If so, early intervention is key to prevent, or lessen, future difficulties!
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.