In several key categories, Children’s speech-language pathology services exceed the national average for performance of similar pediatric facilities in the U.S.
Articulation and intelligibility
Articulation is how well a child can produce sounds, and intelligibility is how well a new listener understands the child. In 2012 and 2013, 74.1 and 77.5 percent of our speech-language therapy patients, respectively, improved at least one functional level in articulation and intelligibility. This exceeded the national average of 72.2 in 2012 and 77.1 percent in 2013.
Pragmatics measure a child’s ability to use language functionally and in social situations. Nearly three-fourths of our speech-language therapy patients improved at least one functional level in pragmatics in 2013, exceeding the national average by nearly 11 percent.
Expressive language, also known as spoken-language production, is a child’s ability to put words together and communicate a thought. What’s important about expressive language is making sure that what a child says is clear and understandable.
With the help of our speech-language therapists, 74 percent of our patients improved at least one functional level in expressive language in 2013, exceeding the national average by 10 percent.
Receptive language, also known as spoken-language comprehension, is a child’s ability to understand language and put it into action, such as following directions. It’s crucial for a child to understand language because it affects his everyday functions—from interacting with others to paying attention to a lesson in class and understanding instructions.
More than 68 percent of our patients improved at least one functional level in receptive language in 2012 and 2013, exceeding the national average.