Speech Therapy

Support Services Speech Therapy

Main objectives

  • To develop learners’ ability to communicate optimally.
  • To facilitate scholastic progress.
  • To prepare learners to respond meaningfully to communicative demands in all situations.

Candidates for speech therapy are learners who experience problems with any form of communication, speech, language and auditory perception.

Individual speech– and language therapy

Individual speech– and language therapy focuses on the following:

  • Speech problems, e.g. dysfluency, apraxia, phonological development deficits, dysarthria and articulation problems
  • Language delay and deficits which include aphasia
  • The development and stimulation of auditory perception skills
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Feeding therapy

Group therapy 

Group therapy focuses on:

  • The development and remediation of language problems and delays.
  • The development of phonological awareness and stimulation of auditory skills.
  • Home programmes form an integral part of intervention.

Evaluation

The speech and therapist is part of the multi-disciplinary team who evaluates learners with regard to all aspects of communication.

The following areas form part of the assessment and tests are selected according to age and level of functioning of each individual learner:

  • Speech and language development
  • Auditory perceptual skills
  • Oral motor function
  • Feeding
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Hearing tests and referrals are done annually