St. Louis speech pathologists

Interactive Therapy, Inc. - Serving children and adults with speech and language disorders in their homes, schools or day care.  Located in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

 
 

 

   

SPEECH DISORDERS

  • substituting one sound for another ("wabbit" for "rabbit")

  • omitting sounds ("winnow" for "window")

  • distorting sounds

  • slurring of speech (dysarthria)

  • difficulty in planning and sequencing muscle movement to produce sounds and words (apraxia)

PREVENTING SPEECH DISORDERS

  • participate in screening programs offered at clinics, schools, and other health/educational facilities

  • learn the milestones of speech and language development so you know what to expect from your child

  • have your child's hearing checked

  • talk and play with your child

  • take care of your child's dental and oral health

Interactive Therapy - Conversing and working on sound production

STUTTERING (dysfluency)

  • increased number of repetitions and/or hesitations

  • effortful or strained repetitions and/or hesitations

PREVENTING STUTTERING 

  • accept that many children have a stage of normal dysfluency in early childhood

  • identify and treat dysfluency as early as possible

Interactive Therapy - Working on play and socialization skills

LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

  • difficulty or delay in understanding others

  • difficulty or delay in developing conversational skills

  • using language that is inappropriate to the subject or situation

  • difficulty or delay in developing reading skills

  • difficulty or delay in developing spelling skills

Interactive Therapy - Working on reading and writing

PREVENTING LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

  • talk and read with your child

  • learn the milestones of speech and language development so you know what to expect from your child

  • participate in early identification programs

  • avoid drinking and substance abuse during pregnancy

  • use helmets and safety belts to prevent brain injury

Interactive Therapy - Using books to answer who, what and where questions

LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN ADULTS

  • may be caused by a stroke or brain injury

  • may include aphasia, i.e. difficulty talking, understanding, reading, or writing

PREVENTING LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN ADULTS

  • eliminate risk factors for stroke, such as smoking and high blood pressure

  • know the signs and symptoms of stroke, and seek medical attention immediately

  • use seat belts and helmets to prevent brain injury

Interactive Therapy - Using gestures to help produce words

VOICE DISORDERS

  • inappropriate pitch (too high or too low)

  • harsh, hoarse, breathy, or nasal-sounding voice

  • inappropriate volume (too loud or too soft)

PREVENTING VOICE DISORDERS

  • avoid shouting or screaming

  • drink eight glasses of water daily

  • avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking

  • seek medical attention for sinus infections and allergies

Interactive Therapy - Using hand signals to help produce sounds

 

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Interactive Therapy, Inc. of St. Louis specializes in speech and language disorders for children and adults.