Speech Language Services

Speech Language
Speech Language Services
with Jennifer Thompson, Speech and Language Pathologist
How do you know when a child could benefit from speech language therapy?
The areas that need to be examined fall into three categories: expressive language skills (using language), receptive language skills (understanding), and articulation (how the child says sounds in isolation, words, and sentences.)
Expressive Language Skills
Does your child’s speech sound similar to his/her peers?
Is he/she able to communicate as well as his/her peers?
Is he/she understood by strangers as much as his/her peers?
Receptive Language Skills
Does your child seem to understand what others are telling him/her as well as his/her peers?
Does your child follow directions as well as his/her peers?
Does your child play with toys and use objects similar to his/her peers?
Articulation Skills
Does your child make approximately the same sounds as his/her peers?
Is your child as intelligible as his/her peers?
Do you or other adults have frequent difficulty understanding the words/sounds the child is trying to say?
Speech Language Therapy Services for Children are provided for:
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Articulation Delay/Disorders
  • Asperger’s
  • Auditory Processing
  • Autism
  • Language Delay/Disorders
  • Language Processing
  • PPD
  • Pragmatic Language Delay/Disorders
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Social Language Skills
  • Stuttering
  • TBI
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Various Syndromes
  • Voice Disorders 
If you would like to investigate further into the possibility or need for Speech and Language Services at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, simply call 972-250-1700 or email to drbeckloff@gmail.com, and we will get you in touch with Jennifer...! 
Below are some Speech and Language Milestones to help give you an idea of what expressive and receptive language skills should be developing at various ages.
13-24 months:
  • follows simple commands
  • can point to 1-3 body parts
  • knows and uses at least 3-20 words
  • makes request for more of a desired item
19-24 months:
  •  should be approximately 25-50% intelligible to strangers.
  •  understands 300 or more words
  •  uses 50-100 or more words
  •  starts to make 2 word sentences
  • answers “what’s this" questions for familiar items
  • knows and can point to 5 body parts
2-3 years:
  • should be 50-75% intelligible to strangers
  • requests items by name
  • points to pictures in a book when named
  • identifies several body parts
  • follows simple commands
  • answers simple questions
  • asks 1-2 word questions
  • uses 3-4 word sentences
  • uses 50-250 or more words
  • understands most things said to him or her
3-4 years:
  • should be 80% intelligible to strangers
  • understands differences in meaning (stop-go, in-on, big-little)
  • follows 2 and 3 part commands
  • asks and answers simple questions (who, what, where, why)
  • frequently asks questions and often demands details in responses
  • uses language to express emotion
  • uses 4-5 word sentences
  • uses “is,” “are,” and “am” in sentences
4-5 years:
  • speech is usually intelligible to strangers
  • recognizes 1-3 colors
  • counts to 10
  • uses grammatically correct sentences
  • uses sentences of 4-8 words
  • asks for word definitions
  • talks about experiences at school, at a friend's house, etc...
  • accurately relays a long story
  • pays attention to a story and answers simple questions about it
5-6 years:
  • communicates easily with adults
  • names 6 basic colors and 3 basic shapes
  • follows instructions given to a group
  • follows 3 part commands
  • asks “how” questions
  • answers verbally to “hi” and “how are you”
  • names opposites
  • sequentially names days of the week
  • counts to 30
  • uses sentences with details
  • accurately relays a story
6-7 years:
  • engages in conversations
  • names some letters
  • sequences numbers
  • understands “left” and “right”
  • understands most concepts of time
  • recites the alphabet
  • counts to 100
For older children articulation, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, reading, writing, and social skills are addressed as needed.
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