Speech disabilities are very common with certain types of cerebral palsy. In addition to speech impairments, many children with cerebral palsy may also have cognitive disabilities that affect their ability to communicate. Speech therapy often plays a central role in the treatment plan of these children. How much cerebral palsy and related conditions affect speech…
What is Infant Speech Pathology?
Infant speech pathology is a specialized infant therapy that addresses your child’s delays and disabilities in feeding, swallowing, communication, language, speech, and eventually, literacy. The goal of this specialized treatment is to enable your son or daughter to perform exercises that train their mouth muscles to respond to their movement requests and eventually make sounds.
Effective communication and the ability to suck, swallow, and eat are fundamental to all people—including infants. Infant speech pathology will help your son or daughter coo, make sounds, interact socially, and learn additional ways to communicate.
Infant speech pathology is child-focused, family-centered, and encourages your child to participate in their environment. Effective speech pathology is comprehensive, coordinated, and highly beneficial. As they age, your child may also be taught to use sign language or picture boards as communication tools. They may be able to learn to smile at you, make cooing sounds, recognize your voice, or cry to signal their needs.
Recovering the Costs of Infant Speech Pathology
Infant speech pathology is part of your child’s language development and can help monitor and track their speech and language. You may be able to recover the costs of this treatment.