Articulation and Pronunciation Assessment:
Some children and young people are able to express themselves verbally, but have decreased clarity of understanding due to articulation of pronunciation difficulties. This can be varying in degree, and may not affect many of us if we have slight differences in the way that we speak. However if these differences are more marked, or are beginning to impact on self-esteem and self- confidence, it may be appropriate to seek help.
We have a variety of assessment and intervention programmes which can be specifically tailored to the needs of an individual. We are also able to support children and young people whereby verbal communication isn't their primary means of communication, but perhaps are becoming frustrated with alternative methods and are trying to verbalise. This can be extremely frustrating for an individual, and support in forming word sounds in a developmentally appropriate way can help to foster these emerging skills and reduce frustration or agitation.
Please see more information on the TalkTools® approach for further information on one of the approaches which may be used;
Holistic Speech, Language and Communication Assessment:
We have a variety of commutation methods available to us in everyday life;
- Verbal information
- Non- verbal information such as gestures and body language
- Visual information such as direction signs
- Auditory information such as announcements in a train station
- Object cues such as seeing people wearing raincoats and deducting at it's raining outside
- Environmental cues such as seeing people walking away towards a dining hall and deducting it's lunchtime
Depending on our communication strengths and weaknesses, some or all of the above methods of communication may not be accessible to us. This is an extremely frustrating experience for children or young people who have communication deficits receptively (understanding what's going on around us), and expressively (telling others about our needs, wants, and opinions). Therefore communication deficits can lead to frustration, aggression, disengagement, and helplessness.
A holistic assessment can analyse the most effective methods of communicating for a child or young person; depending on their specific profile of needs, and their motivation to engage in the world around them. A 'Total Communication Approach' may be most appropriate, which gives an individual the greatest opportunity for communicating across a wide range of contexts. Advice and recommendations can be provided on how to deliver and make these methods accessible, and functional.