A Speech Therapist can also be referred to as a Speech-Language Pathologist, which is probably a more accurate description of the job. A Speech Therapist is trained to identify which language problem their patient is suffering from – whether it is a mild stutter or an inability to properly express themselves. A Speech Therapist also focuses on why the issue exists, exploring if it is perhaps a consequence of emotional or physical trauma.
A Speech Therapist can treat Receptive Language Problems, Expressive Language Problems as well as Pragmatic Language Problems. These are issues that need to be overcome emotionally as opposed to just physically. A Speech Therapist does, however, also treat physical language issues such as fluency problems, articulation problems, resonance/pitch problems and even oral feeding problems. All of these issues are dealt with uniquely and according to what your Speech Therapist believes is best.
The benefits of Speech Therapy can be monumental for children and adults alike. Being able to communicate and to be understood is an important part of human nature and one that should be sought after wherever possible. Children who are taught how to properly communicate will be able to positively interact with classmates and teacher, hopefully leading them away from being frustrated and despondent. Patients benefit academically, socially and emotionally.
Speech Therapy is not an overnight solution – it takes dedication and hard work on the patients’ behalf. If you feel that you or somebody in your family could benefit from a Speech Therapist, please visit our site to find a professional in your area.