A child’s ability to speak effectively and understand language affects more than just their ability to say simple phrases like “hello” and “good morning”–it deeply impacts their capacity to comprehend and apply everything taught to them in the classroom. These skills range from math, science, and the arts to basic social skills. A child with an untreated speech-language disorder will experience impediments in sharing their answers with the class, raising questions about lessons, and interacting with other classmates during group work, putting them behind on a path towards graduation and college readiness.
Fortunately, early speech-language and hearing intervention can provide these children with the resources needed to develop the communication skills essential for academic and personal success.
Our SLPs work primarily with children who:
- Cannot make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly,
- Have problems understanding and producing language, or
- Have cognitive communication impairments such as autism spectrum disorder
Our role at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is not only to provide individualized services to help children develop age-appropriate speech and language skills, but to also educate parents or caregivers on how to promote speech, language and listening skills in the home. Together, we can create speech therapy designed with your child’s best interests in mind.