A Compelling Case for Speech Pathology
Presently, one tenth of Americans live with a communication disability that significantly impacts quality of life, interpersonal relationships, and outcomes for success. With a closer examination of younger populations, more than a fifth of individuals aged 3 to 21 have risk for impaired communication. Given these rates and Delaware County’s current population, we infer that roughly 10,200 may benefit from professional intervention that targets symptoms and development of communication disorders before they worsen. Indeed, Speech Language Pathology contains multiple factors and serious implications that deserve continued study, applied training, and rigorous practice.
Speech Language Pathology plays an invaluable role in not just identifying and correcting communication issues in childhood, but also allowing opportunities for other appropriate treatment if a child shows signs of other health problems. In some instances, health conditions that cause communication impairments demand additional evaluations and appropriate treatment plans delivered by additional specialists. Medical and chronic conditions associated with communication disorders include, but are not limited to, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism.
The prevalence of autism was reported as 1 in 68 children in 2014. Speech Language Pathology becomes a practical, dynamic tool that gives many children with Autism opportunities to communicate while providing insights into best practices that improve social skills, reading, and literacy. Speech Language Pathologists can provide innovative therapy so that children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder may interact more effectively with their peers, teachers, and communities to achieve greater independence and ultimately, long-term success.
Speech Language Pathology boasts more versatility than its name suggests. Speech Language Pathologists incorporate language with speech as they assist children who have communication disorders. Speech pathology directly improves outcomes for children struggling with communication disorders at very young ages. A toddler suffering from an untreated communication disorder more likely experiences academic difficulties from preschool through the fifth grade, and beyond. Aside from guiding nonverbal children in vocalizing, speech pathologists focus on the proper usage of grammar, sentence structure and reading comprehension. Proficiency in these concepts listed empowers children to excel academically through increased literacy. Additionally, children with lower literacy rates and stunted scholastic achievement often behave violently as teenagers.
After more than 50 years, the Delaware Speech and Hearing Center continues to deliver dynamic, evidence-based treatment plans to children who live with communication disorders. Through detailed assessments and appropriate therapies, our staff strives to address issues of impaired speech, language, and hearing so that residents of Delaware County find success and achieve their greatest potential. Contact us today for high quality, personalized care.