Speech Therapy / PROMPT®

Some children do not develop their speech sounds ("articulation") at the same rate as their peers and require professional help in this area. Other children demonstrate errors that are not based upon individual sound errors but patterns ("phonology") such as leaving out final sounds in words such as "ka" for "cat";  leaving out a sound when there are 2 consonants together such as "poon" for "spoon".  This could be caused by many things such as muscle weakness or motor planning difficulties ("apraxia") where the child does know what they want to say but the sounds don’t come out correctly on demand.

These children may need some direct instruction to learn how to produce the sound(s).  An evaluation is needed to see the reasons for the speech sound difficulties, then an individual program is developed with input from the parents.

PROMPT® is one of the highly successful strategies that can be used to address speech AND language difficulties. Other strategies/techniques are used, such as signing and the Kaufman approach, so that a multi-sensory approach is used that is individually based upon what the student responds to.

We work with students ranging from those who have difficulty producing 1 or 2 sounds, all the way through those who are non-verbal.  Therapy is individualized because not all children respond to the same type of intervention.  Parents are a vital part of the therapy and are provided with instruction how to carry out home practice.   

For more details about Apraxia, please see the information at CASANA (The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) . We are listed in CASANA's Directory of Professionals as 1 of 2 Florida speech therapists in Palm Beach/ Broward Counties.   

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