What is Speech & Language Therapy?
Children with Down syndrome can experience speech delay, due to hearing problems, low muscle tone and learning ability. Language is vital for a child’s cognitive (mental) and social development.
As children acquire language, they can ask for what they want, explain how they feel, describe what they have been doing and share thoughts and worries with friends.
Language Development Pyramid
Our therapists use a Total Communication approach, using visuals, Lámh signs and words. Speech and Language Therapy will support your child’s development in all areas of the Language Development Pyramid:
Benefits of Speech and Language Therapy
Communication difficulties may lead to frustration and challenging behaviours if not addressed. It may also affect a child’s confidence and self- esteem.
There are several benefits of Speech and Language Therapy including:
Promotes confidence and self esteem
Improves a child’s understanding of language
Allows children to foster a set of skills which will help with school readiness
Promotes positive relationships with others and an ability to make friends
Aids clear speech – so others can understand
Helps to increase ability to express thoughts, feelings and share stories
Promotes positive social skills both at school and in community environment
DSCNE facilitate a Speech & Language Therapy service once per month (Saturdays). Spaces are limited, please register your interest. Cost: €25 per individual or €15 per group session