IncusEar Hearing & ENT Centre is the only audiology & speech centre in Kenya and in Africa at-large practicing speech therapy in a sound treated (soundproof room) in line with international standards. Our speech therapists are well educated in the study of human communication and development.
We assess speech, language and cognitive-communication to identify types of communication problems and the best way to treat them.
In our speech therapy room, our speech therapists will work with your child on appointment and one-on-one basis within specified time frame of your appointment.
Our speech therapists use a variety of strategies, including:
- Language intervention activities: The SLP will interact with a child by playing and talking, using pictures, books, objects, or ongoing events to stimulate language development. The therapist may also model correct vocabulary and grammar and use repetition exercises to build language skills.
- Articulation therapy: Articulation, or sound production, exercises involve having the therapist model correct sounds and syllables in words and sentences for a child, often during play activities. The level of play is age-appropriate and related to the child’s specific needs. The SLP will physically show the child how to make certain sounds, such as the “r” sound, and may demonstrate how to move the tongue to produce specific sounds.
When Is speech therapy needed?
Children might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Hearing impairments
- Cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or other developmental delays
- Weak oral muscles
- Chronic hoarseness
- Birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
- Motor planning problems
- Articulation problems
- Fluency disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
Therapy should begin as soon as possible. Children enrolled in therapy early (before they’re 5 years old) tend to have better outcomes than those who begin therapy later.
This does not mean that older kids can’t make progress in therapy; they may progress at a slower rate because they often have learned patterns that need to be changed.