Four Things Speech Therapists Work on, Other than Speech

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Often when telling people I’m a speech-language pathologist, I will get a confused look followed by a statement like, “Oh! You mean speech therapist! Like helping kids say their r sound!”

Don’t get me wrong, I can totally help your kid stop calling that furry animal with long ears a “wabbit”. But did you know that speech-language pathologists work on lots of other things besides just speech?

Here are four examples of the kinds of things we could help your child work on at TheraCare:

1. Language

Language skills are how we convey our thoughts and ideas to others. Adequate language skills are fundamental to academic (and social!) success. This includes both receptive language (how we understand language) and expressive language (how we get our thoughts across, including in spoken and written forms). Language is such a broad area, but here are a few examples of the types of things we might work on with children of various ages:

  • Following directions (from simple, one-step, to multi-step, complex)

  • Grammar (subject-verb agreement, proper verb tense, grammatically-correct sentences, etc)

  • Vocabulary (demonstrating understanding and using grade-level vocabulary)

  • Asking and understanding wh- questions

  • Writing a complete, grammatically-correct narrative

2. Spelling

Is your child struggling with spelling words correctly? We can help with that! We focus on integrating all the functional elements necessary to help your child develop functional reading and writing skills.

3. Executive Function

Executive function skills are crucial to your child’s ability to get things done in their daily life. Executive function skills include things like organization, paying attention, memory, time management, and problem-solving skills.

4. Auditory Processing

Sometimes children are able to hear words being said, but their brains have a hard time processing what they are hearing. Speech-Language Pathologists can help students discriminate, recognize, and comprehend auditory information to help them achieve greater success in school.

Whether it’s by saying that tricky /r/ sound or working on auditory discrimination skills, the Speech-Language Pathologists at TheraCare would love to help your child communicate effectively and succeed in school! Call us at (417)890-4656 or e-mail us at so we can help set your child up for success!

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