Speech & Language Disorders

Have you noticed that your child doesn’t seem to be speaking or forming words like other kids his age? Have you or your child been diagnosed with a developmental disorder that has a speech or language component to it?

If your answer is yes, it’s possible that you right now you’re scared or frustrated or…maybe even feeling a little hopeless. Take a deep breath. You are in the right place.

At CTS Dallas, we are uniquely qualified to accurately diagnose and treat speech and language disorders.

An individual with a speech disorder may have trouble saying words clearly or with a stutter. An individual with a language disorder will likely have trouble understanding words – reading, writing or talking.

Speech and language disorders are found in children, teens, and adults and take on a number of forms. They are often caused by psychological issues, muscular disorders, or brain damage and require the right combination of therapies.

Some of the most common Speech and Language Disorders include the following:

  • Apraxia of Speech (AOS): characterized by a disruption between the brain and a child’s speech muscles.
  • Stuttering: this incredibly common disorder is easily recognized. While most children who experience it “grow out” of it with a little therapy, some cases can be severed and require more intensive treatment.
  • Selective Mutism: often seen in nervous or shy children, selective mutism means that a child can speak but chooses not to in most situations. The root causes of this are thought to be psychological.
  • Alalia (Speech Delay): typically characterized by a child not attempting to make verbal communication as would be expected with someone his age. There is a myriad of factors that can cause speech delay- from a simple “late bloomer” to brain damage or disorders with the speech muscles.
  • Autism: a child with autism will often have delayed or reduced speech and language capabilities. Like autism, these difficulties will fall on a spectrum and can range from the unusual inflection of voice to apraxia and muteness.

The good news is that most speech and language disorders are treatable.

The key to success is the right evaluation and a treatment plan that’s designed specifically for each individual’s needs.

At CTS Dallas, we combine the best approaches in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy to help clients. Our strategies include elements of psychology, social work, art therapy, biomedical treatment, functional neurology, and developmental optometry.

Jane Shook, our founder, is world-renowned for her innovative and highly effective approaches to treatment. We adhere to her credo: a wise teacher makes learning fun.

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