Speech Therapy

[:il]The role of a communication clinician in the treatment of visually impaired children A communication clinician is a professional who specializes in locating, diagnosing, evaluating, rehabilitating and consulting regarding language development in infants, speech and communication, hearing impairments and swallowing. Effective and proper communication allows a person to be a full partner in society. Functional communication skills are forms of communication that work to inform the recipients about the needs of the learner, His desires, interests and feelings. Communication skills allow the learner to achieve what he wants on his own, and are milestones for learning choice expression and building independence. These skills come in many forms including wording, signs, gestures and the use of alternative communication aids. Communication development in blind toddlers or possible communication problems The first stage in communication development is the pre-lip stage. Pre-lip communication usually relies on visual experience, such as eye contact, gaze responses and facial expressions, and gestures such as pointing. Proper pre-lip communication will later allow for a sequence of joint actions such as: mutual-social play based on joint attention. Sometimes the interaction and pre-lip communication of the blind child is impaired.
The main tool for communication is language, a system of symbols and agreed-upon laws used for thinking, representing knowledge, expressing and learning. Most blind children are able to learn a language, however its development is slower and different in its path.
The blind child is born into a world of seeing people, he must acquire language and use concepts belonging to the seeing world. The sensory-motor experience of the blind child is unique, and the acquisition of knowledge is different from that of a child who sees.
Another layer:: Appropriate use of language in various social situations and understanding discourse rules. When the blind child has difficulty processing non-verbal information such as body language, facial expressions, this will cause pragmatic problems.
Communication Clinics – Therapeutic Intervention
The intervention, treatment and guidance of clinicians and communication clinicians in the field of communication, language and pragmatism from the first year of the blind child’s life is of great value. Collaboration with the paramedical staff, the educational staff and the parents will enable the acquisition of language in a tailored and earlier manner which will lead to good and effective integration in the community. To donate for the activity click here [:en]Effective communication is essential for full integration in society. Before learning to speak all children are exposed to “prelanguage” – the first step in developing communication skills. “Pre-language” for the seeing child generally involves visual experiences, such as direct eye contact, visual responses to facial expressions and pointing at various objects. This is followed by interactive activities accompanied by speech. In general, blind and/or visually impaired children have no problem learning to speak clearly, all be it at a slower rate, also through developing pre-language skills.However, the inability to see, therefore interpret body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues, makes it more difficulty for the blind child to fully understand and communicate with others. Intervention, in the form of speech therapy, among other therapies provided by ELIYA, is an effective tool in helping such children to communicate clearly and become fully functioning members of society.   To support the program please click here [:]
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