Happy Kids Clinic offers occupational and speech therapy to families living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our clinic staff consist of foreign-trained occupational and speech therapists and Cambodian therapy assistants.
What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of people with communication difficulties or impairments. Speech therapy is a very different process to seeing a doctor. It involves detailed assessment and longer term therapy. It is not a “quick fix” approach like getting medication.
What is a communication impairment?
A communication impairment prevents children from getting their message across or makes it difficult for them to understand what others are saying. Some examples of communication impairments may include:
- A child who is not talking or only saying single words when they are older than two years of age
- A child who says speech sounds incorrectly and is difficult to understand when they are more than three years old
- A child who stutters (eg “p-p-p-lease can I have some milk”)
- A child who does not seem to understand instructions given to them by their family or teacher (eg they might forget what the next step is, or get the wrong thing)
- A child who gets their sentences mixed up, putting words in wrong order (eg “mine is that doll”)
- A child who does not understand the social rules of communication (eg stands too close to people, says rude things, only talks about themselves or doesn’t listen to others)
Who might need speech therapy?
A child who has no other difficulties may still have problems talking for no obvious reason. Other children who might benefit from speech therapy include children with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Down’s syndrome
- Brain injury
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy involves promoting health and well being through occupation. Occupational therapists might do this by modifying the environment or task, or by teaching a person new skills.
What occupations might a child need to do?
Occupation includes all things we want, need and are expected to do in our every day lives. For children this might include:
- Going to school
- Learning new skills
Why might an occupational therapist work with a child?
Occupational therapists might work with children in their home, school or clinic to help them achieve developmental milestones such as fine motor skills, or to increase independence in every day tasks such as dressing and feeding. Occupational therapists might use specialised or informal assessments to determine the functional demands of various tasks the child needs to complete. Occupational therapists design graded programs to assist in building skills such as those needed to play, or suggest strategies for the school environment to better suit the needs of the individual child and improve confidence and self esteem.
Who might need an occupational therapy?
Many children might experience challenges completing daily tasks independently, and could benefit from working with an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy can also help children with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Developmental delay
- Rehabilitation following an injury
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