Speech and language therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing difficulties in children and adolescents OR across the lifespan. It is conducted by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or therapists (SLTs), who are often referred to as speech therapists. SLTs work directly with clients and their caregivers to provide them with individualized support following a treatment plan.
The LightHouse Arabia provides speech and language services to enhance and maximize the communication skills of children and adolescents. This includes, how we speak, what we understand, what we say, and how we interact with others. It also includes other skills such as literacy, reading comprehension, and auditory processing.
By utilizing the latest methods and research, we design evaluations and therapy sessions to meet the individual needs of each child and family.
Our Speech and Language Department offers services at the center, at schools and Nurseries, and through Telepractice to support the transition and generalization of learned skills.
We provide screenings, comprehensive speech and language evaluations, and speech and language intervention/therapy.
Screenings: A brief review to assess a child or adolescent’s speech, receptive and expressive language, voice and fluency skills to determine the need for further evaluation and intervention. Screenings can be done on site at the client’s school, preschool or daycare facility.
Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluations: An in-depth assessment of a child or adolescent’s speech, receptive and expressive language skills, voice and fluency skills.
Classroom Consultations: Recommendations on speech and language needs are provided to teachers and administrators based upon observations within the classroom environment.
Speech and Language Intervention/Therapy: 1:1 or group sessions with a focus on play-based therapy, family involvement, education for children, literacy skills and auditory processing for school-aged children and adolescents.
Who needs it?
Children and adolescents struggling with:
The production of speech sounds- Unintelligibility and difficulties with the articulation of specific sounds. Also addresses motor planning and sequencing sounds in words.
Fluency of speech - Struggles in the flow, speed, and rhythm of speech that includes stuttering (i.e. stammering) and cluttering.
Quality of voice - Involves phonation quality, pitch, loudness, and resonance.
Language difficulties - Spoken and written language (i.e. listening, processing, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pragmatics). Also includes prelinguistic (i.e. joint attention, intentionality, communicative behaviors) and paralinguistic communication (i.e. non-verbal language).
Cognition - Cognitive processes that include attention, memory, problem solving, and executive functioning.
Auditory habilitation or rehabilitation - speech, language, communication, and listening skills impacted by a hearing loss. It includes auditory processing as well.
Feeding and swallowing
Skills and diagnoses supported:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Reading and writing
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Speech therapy exercises and activities vary depending on the individual’s disorder, age, and needs. Following screening and/or assessment, therapy for children may include:
Interacting through talking and playing and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development
Using games, apps, flashcards, and worksheets to target specific skills
Modelling correct sounds, syllables, and/or phrases for a child during age-
appropriate play to teach speech targets
Providing strategies and homework for the child and caregiver on how to practice and carry-over at home and across contexts.
Group intervention sessions
Play-based intervention services
Child-led and clinician-directed therapy approaches
High & low Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems (i.e.
Social Thinking and problem Solving
The Listening Program
PROMPT Techniques for motor speech difficulties
ABA behavior management principles