Speech Science Institute
Intelligibility of speech develops as children move from early stages of infancy through babbling and into early childhood. These complex transitions seem effortless, while in fact they are a complex expression of both the underlying neurophysiology and a nurturing home. Treatment is directed at differential diagnosis and gestural dynamics, a methodology grounded in the physiological events of speech production.
Differential diagnosis is critical in our understanding and treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which range across the continuum of developmental aphasia. Children presenting with symptoms are often not identified until toddler and pre-school age. The perception and production of spoken language remains at the core of the neurophysiological description. Failure to speak results in failure to listen which combined results in behavioral and atypical social patterns. Pediatric care and neuroscience combined need to direct the clinical treatment.
Early developmental dysfluency requires careful diagnosis and precise intervention. The science and understanding of Speech Motor Control provide direction for differential diagnosis and treatment. Early identification and treatment is critical to the development of fluent speech in those children at greater risk for developmental disfluency.