Speech and Language Therapy
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A speech therapist is usually consulted for clinical conditions such as:
birth defect problems like cleft palate or cleft lip
stuttering or other problems with speech, such as problems with forming words or sentences
delayed speech in childhood
childhood disorders like Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and Down syndrome.
abnormal childhood languages
speech loss or difficulty swallowing resulting from trauma or stroke or surgery.
Speech therapy is a treatment program designed to help patients regain and increase their ability to communicate through speech. It focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself. It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume.
Who needs Speech Therapy ?
Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke or traumatic accident that changes their ability to use language; for children, it generally involves pursuing milestones that have been delayed. Many conditions, including cerebral palsy, autism, hearing loss, developmental delays, may cause difficulty with speech and language development. Some children may not understand language. Some children may understand language but be unable to communicate effectively due to difficulty with speech. Sometimes children experience challenges in other areas of communication, such as hand gestures and facial expressions.
A speech & language therapist, will work to find fun activities to strengthen your child in areas of weakness. For mechanics, this might involve exercises to strengthen the tongue and lips, such as blowing on whistles or licking up Cheerios. For language, this might involve games to stimulate word retrieval, comprehension or conversation.
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