Shouldn’t My Child Be Talking in Speech Therapy? 

I signed my child up for Speech Therapy because he/she isn’t talking. Why is the therapist playing games that are meant for babies, singing songs, and focusing on imitating movements versus making my child speak? The work our therapists do at Mobile Therapy Centers ultimately improves clarity of speech and promotes use of language to participate in activities, but it all starts when they are born…

Shouldn’t My Child Be Talking in Speech Therapy? 

If a child doesn’t reach the developmental milestone of imitation, they can’t move on to the speaking milestones that follow. To work on expressive language, we need to make sure the child has mastered the initial milestone of imitation. For a child to progress in therapy, goals are designed around milestones and act as building blocks to reach the next developmental level.

Skin to skin contact does more than simply build a relationship between a new parent and their child, it begins the child’s development of language. Infants are constantly watching our facial expressions and body movements, and eventually imitating those movements (smiling, waving, etc.). You then slowly start to hear them playing around with sounds by cooing and babbling. This is how communication begins! After babbling, they start producing those simple words that make our hearts melt like “mama and dada.” Before we know it, our children start to develop more words and soon, they are putting two or more words together. All this language developed because of those late-night cuddles trying to get them back to sleep, or silly dances trying to make them laugh, which allowed them to see our ever-changing facial expressions.

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At MTC, our team of Speech Therapists successfully assess and treat children with speech and language delays. A Speech Therapist will not only help a child with specific speech, language or feeding goals, but also help support the parents, teachers and other individuals in the child’s life.  It is important for everyone to understand the child’s abilities and challenges so we can all help support and facilitate progress. Children who receive services through a school district can also receive private services to help supplement. Both therapists should connect with each other regarding treatment plans and goals.

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) which provides an opportunity to increase awareness about speech and hearing problems, and encourages people to analyze their own hearing and speech, and to take action if they think there might be a problem. Treatment can then be provided to improve the quality of life in people with communication problems. Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).The theme created for 2022 is “Connecting People.”

Mobile Therapy Centers is a Multidisciplinary Clinic specializing in ABA Therapy for Autism, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Counseling. We see children at our clinics in Illinois and Tennessee, at your home or at your child’s school/daycare making it convenient for you and your family.

Mobile Therapy Centers provides FREE screenings/consultations so why not take advantage of the opportunity to have your child seen by a professional and answer any questions you may have? To learn more, please visit our website and don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with one of our therapists.

Contact MTC for free screenings/consultations. We also provide Telehealth services. MTC accepts most commercial insurance. Contact us to learn more.

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If you have any questions regarding our services, please call us at 800-977-9072 to schedule a FREE consultation/screening