What is Speech Therapy?
Speech-language therapist’s screen, assess, identify and treat speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and feeding problems for all age groups in addition to advocating for the prevention of these disorders.
What areas are included in speech therapy services?
- Articulation disorders: difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said
- Auditory Processing disorders
- Pervasive developmental disorders(PDD) such as autism, asperger syndrome etc
- Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, partial-word repetitions ("b-b-boy"), or prolonging sounds and syllables (sssssnake)
- Resonance or voice disorders: problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for a child when speaking
- Genetic disorders
Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:
- Receptive disorders: difficulties understanding or processing language
- Expressive disorders: difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way
- Cognitive-Pragmatics/Social communication disorders: difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulation, and problem solving
- Dysarthria/Apraxia of Speech
- Reading and Written Language
- Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods
What do I have to do in order to receive speech therapy?
- Determine that you feel there is a problem with one of the above areas
- Visit your speech therapist and discuss your concerns
- Ask our speech therapist if he/she feels speech therapy would help
- Get an appointment for speech therapy from our speech therapist
Each patient is evaluated by a speech language therapist, a highly trained healthcare professional who develops a treatment plan to maximize speech and language functioning.
Specialized Services for Children: Speech-language therapist work with children of all ages. For example, infants and toddlers may receive speech therapy if they have feeding and swallowing problems or need assistance in developing verbal communication. Preschool children may also require extra help to learn basic skills, such as communicating wants and needs. School-age children often go to speech therapy to learn to correct articulation errors and improve language skills.
Specialized Services for Adults: Adults may see a speech-language therapist if they have an injury to their brain or a disease process that affects communication, swallowing, and or thinking abilities that prevent normal engagement in daily activities. Voice evaluation and treatment using view sonic software is also offered. Speech therapists are trained to provide testing and therapy for a variety of speech conditions.