What is Speech Therapy?
Speech-language therapist’s screen, assess, identify and treat speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), Hearing Impairment (before & after Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implant or any assisting devices), for all age groups, swallowing and feeding problems in adults, in addition to advocating for the prevention of these disorders.
What areas are included in speech therapy services?
- Auditory-Verbal Therapy for the Hearing Impairment patients (before & after Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implant or any assisting devices).
- 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
- Fluency disorders: problems such as cluttering & 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: organic or functional problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice (due to organic problem or misuse/abuse of voice….etc) that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for a person 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.