Child Speech Therapy in South Carolina - About Play

Speech Therapy in south carolina

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What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech Therapy is a professional service for children who are experiencing delays or challenges with speaking and language. A highly trained speech-language pathologist (SLP) will use various tools and techniques to assist your child with speech delays and disorders.

Speech Therapy is one of many services we can help coordinate for you as a part of your Early Intervention services with us.

service COORDINATion of SPEECH THERAPY in south carolina

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About Play coordinates Speech Therapy for infants & toddlers (Ages 0-5) who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities.

Infants and toddlers from birth to five years old might be eligible for Early Intervention and Speech Therapy services in SC if they seem to showing signs of these child speech delays:
  • Your child isn’t babbling or stuttering
  • Your child doesn’t engage in group play
  • Your child has inconsistent speech
  • Your child isn’t pointing or gesturing
  • Your child is making phonological errors
  • Your child has a cleft palate
  • Your toddler can’t follow simple instructions
  • Your toddler isn’t speaking at school
  • Your toddler has a lisp
  • Your toddler has a limited vocabulary
Talk to your child’s pediatrician or talk to About Play.
Early Intervention and Speech Therapy might be available for you at no cost through a South Carolina state funding program called BabyNet or through DDSN, but you must first be screened, eligible, and approved.


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Your E.I. can help you get the Speech Therapy your child needs.

Although About Play does not provide Speech Therapy services directly ourselves, part of our job requirements as your Early Intervention provider in SC is to help coordinate specialized services your child might need, which includes Speech Therapy.

Ready to get started? To work with us, just tell your initial screener at BabyNet or DDSN, “ I want to work with About Play.”

What Is Speech Therapy?

Communicating effectively is a fundamental skill of human development and plays a critical role in the early years of a child’s life. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) use early intervention speech therapy for children to address these problems at the source and provide therapeutic techniques to improve the child’s quality of life.

Early speech intervention focuses on diagnosing and treating speech disorders and delays in young children – specifically from infancy to age three. Studies confirm that early detection of speech and language difficulties, paired with treatment, can make a significant difference and provide positive outcomes in the patient’s life.

If your child is struggling with speaking or other child speech development milestones, they might benefit from speech therapy intervention:

Benefits of Speech Therapy for Children and Early Intervention

Early diagnosis and treatment for speech delays significantly increase the chances of improvement rather than waiting it out and treating problems later in life. Treating speech and language difficulties early in a child’s life can prevent potential issues in the future with behavior, learning, reading, and social interaction.

There are many reasons why early intervention is best if your child is experiencing a speech delay. Some of the main areas of your child’s life that will positively be affected include:

  • Brain development – since young children develop the majority of their speech and language skills in the first three years of life, this learning influences how the brain develops.
  • Elimination – speech sound disorders can be quickly eliminated with early intervention.
  • Remediation – involves improving communication skills during play and daily routines.

Compensatory strategies – used to create a functional means of communication for a child who is not using any verbal language.

When Is a Child a Candidate for Pediatric Speech Therapy?

Is your child having trouble mastering the communication skills that will allow them to develop and flourish? Are they unable to communicate effectively? Are they unable to follow directions? Are they becoming frustrated when they try to speak? If so, speech therapy could make a big difference in their life. Your child may qualify for child speech therapy through BabyNet or DDSN early intervention.

In the state of South Carolina, early intervention services are free. Anyone can refer a child to BabyNet, to receive early intervention services if the child qualifies, and they will benefit from support. If you’re worried your child may be missing some developmental milestones, the time to seek help is now. Early intervention is free and available to your family. For more information about early intervention speech therapy for children, or any other early intervention services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the About Play team.

Please Note: The team at About Play is here to help coordinate services for you and your family. We will match you with licensed professionals who specialize in the area your child needs support in, but we do not provide these services in-house.

If you live in South Carolina and think your infant or child is experiencing developmental delays, we can help.