New Jersey Speech Language Therapy Program

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What is Speech Language Therapy?

New Jersey speech language therapy offers assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech and language therapists.

Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. New Jersey licensed speech language therapists treat articulation therapy, expressive and receptive language intervention activities, and feeding therapy.

Speech therapy is needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults. Some speech pathologies are due to injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.

What Causes Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs)?

Speech sound disorders are most common when children learn speech sounds and cannot produce the correct speech production sounds on their own. Most of the time, we do not know what causes speech sound disorders. Speech production is simply something we take for granted. However, most of the children we work with cannot master certain sounds independently, so they need a boost in correctly enunciating these sounds by speech language therapists.

Possible speech sound disorders that affect children include:

  • Autism and other developmental disorders;
  • Genetic syndromes, such as Down syndrome;
  • Hearing loss (from ear infections or other causes); and,
  • Brain damage caused by injuries or conditions like cerebral palsy.
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What are the Most Common Speech Sound Disorders and Treatments?

Articulation Disorder – This affects children’s speech at the phonetic and motoric levels, which means they have trouble saying individual speech sounds, e.g., consonants and vowels. For example, when a child cannot produce the /l/ sound, when he or she should be able to produce it based on the chronological and linguistic ages, and does not show a systematic error pattern (see below for phonological disorder), one can then assume that it is an articulation disorder.

Phonological Disorder – This disorder occurs at the phonemic/linguistic/cognitive levels (a level higher than the phonetic/motoric aspects of speech production). Children with a phonological disorder show systematic patterns with their speech production errors, e.g. consistently delete /m/ in initial sounds, by saying “at” for “mat” or “ad” for “mad” for CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, when the age error is unexpected for the child’s chronological and linguistic ages.

Other symptoms of a speech disorder are dysarthria and apraxia, which are significantly more uncommon speech sound disorders than articulation and phonological disorders.

WARNING:

Despite being uncommon in children, many speech pathologists misdiagnose children’s speech production errors due to the lack of understanding between phonology, morphology/syntax, and speech production skills. Many speech pathologists focus only on the motoric aspects of speech production. This divide in the field of speech-language pathology is because there is variability in training at the Masters and Post-Masters Degree levels. Likewise, there is growing pressure placed on pediatric speech therapy, particularly private speech and language therapists near me, to use commercialized products that are not backed up by research. Many parents ask for these commercialized programs because they have been told to do so.

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What Happens During Speech Therapy in Your NJ Home?

Private speech and language therapy usually begins with an assessment by an SLP who will identify the type of communication disorder and the best way to evaluate and treat it.

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For your child, speech therapy may be in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one, depending on the speech disorder. In addition, Speech therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s condition, age, and needs. During speech therapy for kids, the SLP:

  • Interacts through talking and playing, and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development
  • Model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play to teach the child how to make certain sounds.
  • Provide strategies and homework for the child and parent or caregiver for how to do speech therapy at home

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Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech therapy exercises at home for adults also begin with assessments to determine your needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises for adults can help you with speech, language, and cognitive communication.

Practices may involve:

  • Problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
  • Conversational tactics to strengthen social communication
  • Breathing workout for resonance
  • Exercises to strengthen oral muscles

There are many resources available if you’re looking to try speech therapy exercises at home, including:

  • Speech therapy apps
  • Language development games and toys, such as flip cards and flashcards workbooks

For swallowing disorders, therapy may also include retraining of swallowing function due to an injury or medical condition.

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How Do You Deal With Expressive Language Disorder?

Once a diagnosis is made, the SLP will conduct further analysis and observations before creating an individualized program. However, it is important to remember that therapy will not offer a permanent “cure” for the disorder. Instead, SLPs can equip children with strategies and techniques to help them manage their condition.

Therapy methods can vary, depending on the therapist and the child’s needs. Modeling target behavior is one technique where the speech language therapist models and reinforces aspects of speech that need to be targeted, such as sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical structure.

Some areas that SLP therapy includes:

  • Enhancing phonological awareness
  • Improving understanding and depth of vocabulary
  • Understanding figurative language and ambiguities (words with multiple meanings, ambiguous sentence structures)
  • Paraphrasing information and comprehension
  • Using more advanced morphology (prefixes, suffixes)
  • Formulating more complex sentence structures
  • Judging and correcting grammar and morphological errors.
  • Using language to convey politeness, persuasion, and clarification
  • Increasing knowledge and skills on a discourse level
  • Making contributions to discussions and repairing conversational breakdowns
  • Learning what and what not to say and when and when not to talk
  • Narrative intervention
  • Looking at expository discourse across the grade levels
Last But Not The Least

Speech therapy service can treat a broad range of speech and language delays and disorders in children and adults. With the proper intervention, New Jersey speech language therapy can improve communication and boost self-confidence.

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Vinati
M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, New York & New Jersey State licensed

Vinati (pronounced ‘Vinity’) is an American Speech & Hearing Association certified, New York and New Jersey state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She got her Bachelors in Speech Pathology and Therapy from Manchester UK followed by a Masters in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. With 15 years of experience in the field, Vinati has developed an expertise in working with the pediatric population including expressive-receptive language delays, articulation therapy, early feeding issues, picky eaters, reading & writing, Autism (non verbal as well as high functioning), childhood apraxia of speech, AAC and social skill development. Having lived in different countries, Vinati has a keen interest in accents and understands the challenges faced by international students & executives to whom she provides accent modification services. She has work experience across settings like the National Health Service in London, Ummeed Child Development Center in Mumbai, The McCarton Center, Academics and Therapy West in Manhattan and Montclair State University’s Early Intervention Program in New Jersey. Vinati has provided services within various local school districts in New Jersey where she participated in child-study teams and provided evaluations and therapy to preschool, elementary and middle school age children.

Having worked in ABA clinics, Floortime based schools, sensory gyms, integrated schools (with general ed as well as self contained classrooms), Vinati uses an eclectic approach with her clients. She believes that therapy should not feel like “work” for the child and customizes all her sessions for each individual using their preferred topics and toys of interest. She also closely works with the child’s caregivers to understand their challenges at home and helps bring about change in the child’s natural environment. Vinati is experienced in gentle behavior shaping techniques to improve communication, as well as feeding skills. She is trained in PROMPT (level 2), Oral Motor therapy, Social Thinking curriculum & SOS feeding therapy.

Vinati provides comprehensive evaluations for all age groups. She provides in person and online therapy in northern NJ as well as online therapy to older children in countries with limited services such as Hong Kong, Japan, India and Bahrain. Vinati is also able to provide evaluations and therapy services at her home office in Montclair.

Location: Northern NJ area
Types of Services: Speech-Language Evaluations, Individual and group therapy, in person and Teletherapy, behavior shaping, parent training, workshops, parent-child interaction groups, training nannies for special needs jobs, accent modification for international clients.
AGES: 0 – 3 years, Elementary school aged, Middle and high school age, accent modification all ages.
Expertise: Evaluations, Behavior shaping, Autism high functioning and non verbal, receptive-expressive language therapy, parent- child interaction, school observations.

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