Early Intervention Speech Therapy
Your child’s ability to communicate is a precious part of development. From when they’re born, speech therapy for your children focuses on finding and treating any delays or disorders in their ability to vocally and physically express themselves or understand language, so they can communicate. The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides more clarification on what Early Intervention is.
The Goal Of Speech Therapy For You Child
The primary mission for speech therapy is to improve your child’s quality of life by:
- Enhancing your child’s ability to effectively communicate to others.
- Enhancing your child’s ability to understand language.
- Improving your child’s feeding skills in everyday environments.
Our experienced Speech Pathologists are there for your child every step of the way to successful development. We work with your child to treat and improve these skills where it is necessary:
Communication Skills / Ability To Speak
- (Your child’s ability to articulate words, fluency, and the resonance of his or her voice.)
- (You child’s ability to comprehend and express his or her wants/needs as well as vocabulary development.)
- Nonverbal communication
- (Gestures, eye contact, and other forms of expression; alternative communication such as pictures, sign language, assistive technology)
- Cognitive Communication Skills
- (Your child’s ability to pay attention, concentrate, memorize, interpret, and process information. This also includes his or her problem solving skills.)
Your Child’s Feeding Skills
- Eating/Swallowing Properly
- (Your child’s oral motor skills and ability to drink, chew, and swallow.)
How Right Start Helps
Regardless of the speech-related challenge that your child faces, we are there to help him or her develop their speech/language and feeding skills. To help alleviate as much of your concerns as possible, be aware that:
- Your child’s Speech Pathologist is licensed, experienced, and compassionate. We make sure that the person interacting with your child is both skilled and caring to ensure
- There’s no stress or running around with Right Start. Your child’s therapist will always come to your chosen place or setting for speech therapy.
- No therapy will work without first building a personal relationship with you and your child. That’s exactly what we do at Right Start.
- Your child’s speech therapist is someone that you trust to help your child to understand language and speak with meaning. We address concerns, provide support and guidance,
as well as use our professional experience to create real progress.
Here is a list of resources that provide more information about the specific development paths and milestones for your child’s speech and language skills:
- Language Development Chart
- Milestones for Speech, Hearing, & Understanding
- Communication in Childhood Stages
What to Do If You’re Concerned About Your Child
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your child’s doctor or nurse as soon as you can.
If your child is between the ages of 0 (birth) to 3 years, get in touch with your local Early Intervention Program to start the process and see if he or she qualifies for services.
Use our list of service areas to know exactly which Early Intervention office to contact. If your child is eligible, request Right Start Children’s Services from your Service Coordinator.
We offer our Special Instruction & Behavior Support services in multiple counties across Pennsylvania including:
- Berks County
- Montgomery County
- Lebanon County
- Schuylkill County
- Lehigh County
- Chester County
We are available to answer all of your questions and give you the reassurance that you need.
Right Start is available to provide Early Intervention services to your child – in your home, daycare, or community – at no cost.