Speech therapy addresses a child’s ability to communicate effectively. The ability to communicate can be affected by a child’s ability to talk, their ability to understand what is being said to them, and through subtle gestures and facial expressions. Speech therapists also address oral motor, feeding and swallowing disorders that affect a child’s ability to eat safely. Communication plays a vital role in peer interaction and effectively making wants and needs known.
Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity to maximize the independence and health of an individual who is limited by a physical injury or illness, cognitive impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability, or an adverse environmental condition.