Speech therapy treatment

Within this therapy, we can speak about prevention (in the case of children with a predisposition to dyslexia) and recovery (in the case of children with learning disorders). In both cases, the starting point is a complex speech therapy investigation including the areas of language, perception, attentiveness, memory, motion, bodily structure, orientation in space and time, intellectual capacities, child’s personality and behavior. In the case of children with learning disorders, speech therapy investigations are completed with reading, writing, calculation ability, motivation and child’s learning strategies investigations.

Children with dyslexia predisposition (children aged 5-6 and those entering the 1st grade) should benefit from intensive speech therapy in order to develop their deficiencies. Apart from the correction of possible pronunciation disorders, in the case of these children, speech therapy includes, depending on the child’s difficulties, the development of certain abilities: speech perception, speech understanding, passive and active vocabulary, auditory background-shape differentiation, auditory discrimination, auditory memory, visual background-shape differentiation, visual discrimination, visual memory, visual-motion coordination, motion, balance, fine motion, bodily structure, space orientation, temporal orientation, sequence.

This therapy includes games and exercises for the development of the various deficiencies, and under the guidance of the specialist the parent can become a therapy partner, continuing the child’s development at home. Preventive speech therapy is very useful and ensures the child’s educational success in minor deficiency cases.

In the case of children suffering from dyslexia (2nd grade children or older) recovery speech therapy includes interventions that make writing, reading or mathematical operations easier and at the same time ensure the development of deficiencies that trigger the occurrence of dyslexia. In general, the therapy is a long-term one, the dyslexic child requiring speech therapy for several years.