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12300 Perry Highway, Wexford PA 15090 • phone:724-933-4673 • info@thehopelearningcenter.com

Outpatient Therapy

Speech Therapy


Speech therapy is a therapy that is utilized to teach communication skills.The goal of speech therapy is to improve all aspects of communication.

 

The National Research Council has identified 4 aspects of beneficial speech therapy:

  • Speech therapy should begin early in a child’s life and be frequent.

  • Therapy should be rooted in practical experience in the child’s life.

  • Therapy should encourage spontaneous communication.

  • Any communication skills learned during speech therapy should be generalizable to multiple situations.

At The Hope Learning Center, we are committed to establishing a strengths based approach in developing individualized treatment goals to enhance each child’s communication skills.

Speech Disorders and Language Disorders


A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Speech disorders include:

  • Articulation disorders: difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said.

  • Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolonging sounds and syllables (ssssstuttering).

  • Resonance or voice disorders: problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for a child when speaking.

  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders: these include difficulties with drooling, eating, and swallowing.

Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:

  • Receptive disorders: difficulties understanding or processing language.

  • Expressive disorders: difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.