With the help of our speech-language therapists, 74 percent of our patients improved at least one functional level in expressive language—also known as spoken-language production—in 2013, exceeding the national average.
What does this data mean?
Expressive language is the child’s ability to put words together and communicate a thought. We measure patients on a seven-level scale with Level 7 being the highest functioning.
Why is it important?
The importance of expressive language is getting meaning out of the words a child produces. The better their expressive language, the better their ability to communicate becomes. This can have a profound impact on a child’s social skills and can affect them as they grow older.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- To encourage progress and give patients an expectation of their goal, our therapists speak one functional level above the patient’s current expressive language level.
- We have bilingual speech-language therapists available and can work with families through an interpreter, if needed.
- Our therapists stay in close communication with a patient’s physician to make sure that therapy adjusts to particular treatment plans.
- The specific needs of each patient determine the therapist’s treatment plan and how often the patient needs to have an appointment. As a patient makes progress, providers adjust his goals and treatment accordingly.
- Combining our experience with the latest research, we determine the treatment that will lead to the best possible outcome.
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.