Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy
Most people seem to think that Speech Therapy is only reserved for children or patients who are unable to enunciate and articulate properly. However, this isn’t the case. Speech Therapists often treat patients with auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia and dyslexia. All of these issues make it difficult for people to communicate verbally and via writing, making life frustrating and unnecessarily difficult. Fortunately, Speech Therapists are trained to assist in a wide variety of language and speech problems.

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:

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.