Offering diagnosis and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders
Published: Nov. 3, 2011
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011
Children who are having difficulties communicating often find visual cues beneficial to help them understand and deliver messages.
We use a variety of visual cues all the time including hand and body gestures, facial expressions, and logos.
While we only have a short amount of time to process a spoken message, things that we look at, such as photographs, pictures, objects, line drawings, and printed words last for a long time and can help children understand and remember the message.
Many children have communication challenges and breakdowns with spoken language. Visual supports improve language abilities because they do the following:
Visual cues can be used by the child and family to help with:
The following examples are some of the visual cues used at Duke. More than one item or strategy are often used together and each cue is customized to the child’s likes and needs.
Appointment types can vary and your speech pathologist and referring doctor can help you find the right intervention for your situation.
Services range from a full evaluation with the goal of starting a therapy plan to a one-time consultation visit that provides additional information to the services your child already receives.
All appointments at Duke include the following:
Communication is a vital part of life. Finding a successful way for a child to be understood and express themselves can improve family and social interactions, facilitate learning in school, reduce frustration with miscommunications, and provide an overall enhanced quality of life.
To schedule an evaluation, contact Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology at 919-684-3859, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.