Speech and Language Therapy Team

The team, made up of eight therapists, treats the preschool children in the fields of communication, language, speech and eating skills.

At the beginning of each year, every preschooler is evaluated for language and speech in order to set treatment goals appropriate to his or her needs. The overarching goal for each child is the ability to communicate with his or her surroundings in the most effective way and with maximum independence. Treatment goals are set together with the parents and with the child’s entire treatment team.

Our areas of treatment include:

  • Developing comprehension and expressive abilities through relating to the elements of language – vocabulary, syntax and grammar
  • Working on pronunciation in order to make the child’s speech more easily understandable
  • Developing pragmatic skills, such as training each child to use language in the most communicative and expressive way

Developing the ability to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children who do not speak or speak only a little, including the use of communication boards, voice output devices and “speaking” computers.

Our wide range of treatment possibilities – including toys, imaginative and didactic games, simulating situations from everyday life with the child, songs, stories and more – can be adapted to suit each and every child.

Most of the preschool classes have language groups led by a speech and language therapist and the teacher. The groups learn about subjects that are related to the preschool curriculum.

The work in groups creates an opportunity for the children to communicate with one another, to acquire knowledge about the world and to relieve pressure on shy children, as well as allowing for multiple repetitions of the material. In kindergarten classes, the groups also work on skills in preparation for entering elementary school. In addition, there is a group for children who use communication computers in which the children share in joint experiential activities among themselves, and also with the therapist leading the group.

Eating difficulties
Difficulties and needs in this field are evaluated when the children enter the preschool. Based on the assessment, recommendations are made regarding appropriate eating utensils and strategies for improving the quality of eating. The classroom staff receives guidance about the treatment intervention appropriate for each child during mealtimes and about the sensory and motor preparations for the mouth area prior to eating.

The speech and language therapy staff works in partnership with the educational and multidisciplinary teams to coordinate the various fields of treatment as closely as possible. When needed, joint treatments take place involving an additional therapist (occupational therapist, physiotherapist, etc.). Parents also receive advice and guidance on all topics related to the work of the language and communication team.