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Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Educational Services

Eagle River & Wasilla

Why is it "More Than Speech"?

Often times people only have certain experiences with speech therapy. 

Maybe you knew someone who stuttered.  Maybe you knew someone with an "R problem" or a lisp.

These are common areas that speech therapists address; however, there is so much more.


Receptive & Expressive Language


The formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech

  • At 18 months a child should be 25% intelligible

  • At age 2 they should be 50-70% intelligible

  • At age 3  they should be 80% intelligible

  • At age 4 they should be 90% intelligible 

Receptive: The ability to understand and process directions, using different vocabulary and concepts

Expressive: Getting their message across to others to communicate wants and needs

  • At age 1 child is speaking many single words

  • At age 2 child is combining 2 words

  • At age 3 child is combining 3 words

Speaking with continuity, smoothness, and appropriate rate/speed

  • Stuttering: repetitions of sounds, syllables, prolongations of consonants, not for emphasis

  • Cluttering: perceived rapid and/or irregular speech rate, atypical pauses

Joint Attention


We have to be able to join attention with another person

to communicate.  Does your child attend to you?  Do they imitate you and respond to

your voice?  Do they enjoy

eye contact?

Play Skills


Does your child enjoy other children, play appropriately with toys, take turns, attend and stay engaged?  Or, do they get easily distracted, frustrated, attempt to control play or are more interested in their own activities than other people?

Social Competency

Executive Functions

Egg Hunting

They are a set of mental skills that help you get things done.  They are controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain and help you to manage time, pay attention, follow-through and self-assess.  They require mental flexibility, self-regulation and self-control.

This skill requires a person to know how to share space with other people.  Social interaction is not just about talking, in fact, more of our social communication is through body language, facial expression, figurative speech and inferring in the moment.  It is very complicated.  If you are not good at it, you can misunderstand and make mistakes that cause you problems in making or keeping friends, getting and keeping jobs and affect any relationship.

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