We are often asked, “When is the best time to evaluate my child?” Current research stresses the importance of early identification and intervention. Assessment is the first step in identifying the specific developmental needs of a child. Once determined, proper interventions can be implemented. Because the young brain is more flexible, proper intervention at an early age creates lasting effects on brain development.
What is an early childhood evaluation?
An early childhood evaluation is specialized for children between the ages of 1-5 years old, and includes:
- Formal testing in language, motor skills, cognitive functioning, social behavior and communication
- School and/or home observation
- Analysis of environmental, medical and developmental factors that contribute to the overall picture
- Collaboration with school and other medical professionals when needed
- Does your child need to use repetition to make needs known?
- Do others have trouble understanding your child’s speech?
- Does your child have difficulty with articulation and making speech sounds?
PROMPT is a specialized technique, utilized by expertly trained speech and language pathologists to enhance speech production.
What is PROMPT therapy?
PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a program designed to help individuals with varying speech difficulties produce sounds so they can articulate properly and interact verbally with others.
What makes PROMPT special?
PROMPT uses physical cues to a child’s jaw, tongue, and lips (articulators) to manually guide them through a specific sound, word, phrase or sentence. A speech and language pathologist may say to a child, “Let me show you how it feels,” so a child actually feels how his muscles should move. Continue reading