Seventy-eight percent of our speech-language therapy patients improved at least one functional level in articulation and intelligibility in 2011.
What does this data mean?
We measure patients on a seven-level scale with Level 7 being the highest functioning. Articulation is the child’s ability to produce sounds, and intelligibility is how well a new listener will understand the child. We exceeded the national average of 74 percent in 2011.
Why is it important?
Articulation and intelligibility are the skills needed to orally communicate one’s wants and needs. A child’s ability to communicate is important for a variety of reasons—from being comfortable in social situations, to expressing important information in emergencies.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- Our speech-language therapists treat children through play. We disguise therapy and repetition as fun activities like board games and toys.
- The wealth of therapy material we have allows our therapists to find the right way to connect and work with patients. This allows us to tailor the therapy to a patient’s interests.
- Therapists trained in treating communication difficulties in children adjust each patient’s goals and therapy as he improves.
- Therapists from our different locations share progress and data with each other to make sure they are giving the best possible care to all patients. If a strategy or technique works at one location, therapists share it with our other eight locations.
The National Outcomes Measurement System
(NOMS) monitors speech-language therapy patients’ progress. We measure patients by NOMS between their third birthday and when they register for kindergarten.