A company has opened on the island to provide help for children with speech and language communication difficulties.
The New Wings Enrichment Centre is a Caymanian-owned company which offers speech and language therapy services. It will provide a vital supplement to the Early Intervention Speech and Language Programme offered through the Education Department, which has a waiting list of approximately 75 children, said a press release from New Wings.
‘Speech and language therapists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat people who have communication difficulties and/or swallowing problems,’ explained Roz Griffiths, Senior Speech and Language Therapist at New Wings.
She said children with communication difficulties may exhibit problems with their speech, the fluency of their speech (such as stammering), listening and paying attention, understanding and making sense of what they hear and planning and working out what they want to say.
‘Our goal at New Wings is to find a practical and functional method for every child to be able to communicate their needs and wants to the best of their ability.’
The New Wings Enrichment Centre provides services to a broad range of children, from toddler and preschool age to high school students. Areas of therapy offered include the development and improvement of skills such as listening and attention, articulation, social communication, safe feeding and drinking, receptive and expressive language and fluency.
‘We see children individually or in small groups, depending on their needs and we work in close partnership with parents, caregivers and teachers so that the skills learned in therapy can be generalised into real life situations,’ said Ms Griffiths. ‘For children who are unable to use speech as their primary method of communication, we provide alternative methods such as picture communication and signing.’
Future expansion plans include the introduction of preschool play groups, behavioural therapy consultations and occupational/physical therapy services.
For more information, call 928.WING (9464) or email [email protected].