Communication-Speech Language Therapy / Speech and Hearing (Individual / Group)
There are many misbeliefs in speech and language development of children. Some children may begin to talk the very first year of their life; however, some do not talk until they get into preschool. Without realizing their children might be at risk for speech/language development, many parents choose to wait. Therefore, a lot of children are not able to get proper assessment and treatment until their speech and language are significantly delayed. Unfortunately, the delays in speech/language development will eventually affect the other areas of development of the children.
Many people falsely believe that speech-language treatment cannot and should not begin until a child begins to talk. Yet research has shown that children know a great deal about their language even before the first word is said. For example, they can distinguish between their native language and a foreign language, use different nonverbal utterances to express different needs, and imitate different patterns of speech through babbling.
Therefore, early identification of a child’s delay in speech, language, and development is very crucial. Through appropriate speech-language therapy, children will improve their speech and language skills, and thus enhance their communication performances.
WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST?
Speech-language pathologists are specialists in communication disorders. They assess, diagnose, and develop individualized programs to maximize the communication potential of the people under their care. Their work covers a lot of area from providing direct therapy session to individual with speech and language delays/disorders to collaborating with other professionals e.g. teachers and special educators in developing and implementing programs for the individuals.
SPEECH-AND-LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS AND TREATMENTS
Speech and language assessments may be formal or informal, and include any combination of standardized tests, direct observation of play and interaction with caregivers; as well as reports from parent, teacher, or physician; and collections and detailed analysis of speech and language samples.
MCDA provides speech and language assessments for children with communication, speech, language, learning and behavioral difficulties. For example, children with:
- Speech, language, and/or communication difficulties
- Delayed speech and language development
- Dysfluency (stammering/stuttering)
- Autism/Asperger’s syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D./A.D.H.D)
- Behavioral problems
- Learning difficulties
- Hearing Impairment
- Voice Disorders
- Literacy difficulties
- Feeding difficulties (using behavioral modification techniques)
- Special educational needs
- Difficulties with social skills
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cleft lip and palate
- Developmental dysarthria
MCDA believes that many children benefit from early intervention and we primarily provide services for children from 1 1/2 to 12 years of age.
SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES AT MCDA
MCDA is working to provide a full range of child development services, including:
- Speech and language assessments, therapy and management
- Clinical reports, incorporating a range of standardized formal language assessments and tests
- Define the treatment schedule and frequency for individual children, including:
- Schedule for repeating assessments
- Recommended therapy schedule
- Working with children in both individual and group sessions
- Monitor playgroups and classes at MCDA to ensure the needed therapy objectives are integrated into these programs
- Provide counseling for parents
- Provide recommendations to parents and teachers on implementing therapy at home and schools
- Work in collaboration with parents, caregivers, teachers, and related professionals
- Seminars and training for parents, caregivers, teachers, and related professionals
- Speech and language screening for schools and kindergartens outside locations in Macau, to identify children with delayed speech and language
- Intensive teaching programs for children with autism and other speech and language disorders
- Complimentary lending of specialist equipment and books
- Advice about educational placements, related services and recommended referrals in Macau
TRAINING AND AWARENESS
- Define and deliver training programs and seminars for teachers
- Participate and speak at MCDA-sponsored seminars, school meetings, member meetings, and other events organized to raise awareness of MCDA in Macau
- Create and deliver the “It Takes Two to Talk” workshop for parents with children suffering from language delay
- Create and deliver the “More Than Words” workshop for parents with children with autistic spectrum disorders
- On-site seminars and education sessions on special topics such as Vocal Hygiene and Social Skills Development can be conducted at schools and private institutions if required
- Send letters and pamphlets to private schools and/or registered doctors to introduce the speech and language therapy services at MCDA
- To increase public awareness on the importance of Speech and Language Therapy by holding regular seminars on topics such as
- How to identify children with speech and language problems?
- How to protect your voice?
- Language facilitation skills for toddlers