Developmental Language Delays

Delayed development of speech and language skills in toddlers and preschoolers can cause frustration when children are not able to communicate effectively with their families. Some children are slow to develop language at the same rate as their peers, including trouble following directions and learning to say new words. Early intervention treatment for language delays is very beneficial to help children catch up to age-appropriate language skills, learn to communicate with their families and become better prepared for school.

Speech Articulation Disorders

Speech articulation disorders occur when a child has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly, making him/her difficult to understand when talking. Poor speech intelligibility affects the child’s ability to express themselves clearly and effectively. Speech sound errors are common in very young children as they learn to master how to produce sounds. If these sound errors persist and do not mature, a child may need speech therapy to help learn to produce the sounds correctly.

Social Communication SKills

Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. Social communication begins early in life with pre-verbal language skills. In older students, difficulty in this area may lead to problems communicating for social interactions, such as greeting others, commenting, asking and answering questions, and following turn-taking rules for conversation and story-telling. These children may have trouble talking with other children and may not make friends easily.

Cognitive Language Skills

Problems in cognitive language skills can include difficulty organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, problems solving and other thinking skills.  Difficulties in these higher-level language areas can impact learning and success in school for older students

Accent coaching

I offer American accent, dialect, and English pronuciation coaching to help speakers communicate more effectively and confidently.    AccentPathways is my specialty program for accent training to help non-native English speakers find their pathway to speaking more effectively and confidently.  The program is also great for those wishing to change a regional dialect.