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Our therapists are Nationally and State licensed and certified with years of experience and at least a Master's degree. We cover all states in the USA.

What is Speech Therapy?

When there are obstacles in someone’s life that make speaking difficult, it’s an added challenge to be sure. But with practice and professional guidance, language can be improved like any other skill.

 

Speech therapy is a personalized service that aims to improve this skill set. In this article, the reader won’t just learn what speech therapy is. They’ll also discover who speech therapy can help and learn about the important role that a Speech Language Pathologist can play.

Who can Benefit From Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy can be very beneficial to people who have trouble with communication. That’s a pretty broad group. Some speech therapy clients were born with medical conditions that make it hard to hear, listen, or speak. Others seek help in the wake of an injury or illness.

Many people who opt for speech therapy experience one or more ongoing challenges. These diagnoses are commonly associated with communication:

  • Hearing impairment makes it harder to practice listening and speaking, which lead to fluency in spoken language.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder affects social interaction and communication abilities. Depending on the individual, it may be difficult to formulate sentences or to speak clearly at all.

  • Apraxia is a neurological condition that inhibits the ability to move muscles as desired. Difficulty controlling throat or face muscles affects clarity of speech.

  • Additional physical conditions such as swallowing disorders, breathing disorders, and other motor development problems make it harder to speak.

There are also medical diagnoses that refer specifically to language expression and processing. Speech therapy is therefore beneficial to people who have experienced the following:

  • Dysarthria, which manifests as slow or slurred speech due to weakened muscle control. It’s connected to ALS, multiple sclerosis, and strokes.

  • Aphasia, which is defined as difficulty with speaking and understanding speech. It’s associated with strokes or with physical trauma that injures the language processing  the parts of the brain that process language.

This list is not definitive. Therapy with a Speech Language Pathologist can be life-changing for anybody who wants to improve their spoken language abilities. Many of the people who benefit from speech therapy have been diagnosed with zero of the aforementioned conditions. Speech challenges can be rooted in countless uncommon neurological conditions.

Speech and Language Disorders 

Sometimes, people don’t know why they struggle with communication. Lacking an official diagnosis shouldn’t stop anybody from seeking help.  With the assistance of a trained speech pathologist, even a clear diagnosis is just the starting point. The therapist uses it to begin developing a plan that helps their client work toward their chosen goals.

That said, people who begin speech therapy often happily discover that their frustrations do have a name—and that there are established strategies for helping them improve. This may fall into the category of a speech disorder or a language disorder.

What is the Difference Between Speech and Language Disorders 

Speech Disorders

Creating sounds is difficult 

 

 Stuttering or chronic mispronunciation are common

 

May have trouble vocalizing the necessary pitch or volume for clear speech

Language Disorders

Receptive language disorder: It’s hard to understand what  other people say.

Expressive language disorder: It’s challenging to translate thoughts into words.

Cognitive-communication language disorder: Communication skills such as memory and attention, organization, and sometimes social cues are a struggle.

Naming a disorder is not only reassuring for the client, it also helps speech pathologist’s plan for treatment. Thanks to their years of study and building clinical experience, a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is trained to notice how particular behaviors or thought patterns manifest in common patterns.

Who Performs Speech Therapy?

Children or adults who are ready to build their communication skills will work one-on-one with an SLP—a Speech Language Pathologist. This position requires years of training and practice, both in formal schooling and clinical practice.

This is a specialized career path, SLPs don’t conduct any other kind of therapy. Certification requires a master’s degree in speech therapy and the approval of a state’s professional board.

Academic study isn’t enough on its own. Certification is only permitted after completing hundreds of hours of clinical practice. The exact quantity varies by state, but this is serious business everywhere. Most require a new speech therapist to spend around 400 hours delivering therapy under the guidance of a mentor before they can give therapy on their own.

What Happens During a Speech Therapy Session?

Speech therapy can be very beneficial to people who have trouble with communication. That’s a pretty broad group. Some speech therapy clients were born with medical conditions that make it hard to hear, listen, or speak. Others seek help in the wake of an injury or illness.

Many people who opt for speech therapy experience one or more ongoing challenges. These diagnoses are commonly associated with communication:

 Speech Therapy Changes Lives

Like many types of therapy, speech therapy is not a cure for underlying neurological conditions. But, it changes lives all the same. By working with a speech therapist, people young and old can improve performance at school and work, reducing levels of stress and frustration.

Speech therapy can also lead to a happier personal life. Confidence levels rise as speech abilities improve. Social interactions become easier and bonds between family members, friends, and peers grow stronger.

Geting Started with Speech Therapy 

Everybody has areas in their life that benefit from extra support. If mathematics flummox a student, they work with a tutor. If someone finds walking to be difficult, a doctor might suggest braces or a wheelchair for increased mobility. When communication is the issue, speech therapy could be vital.

 

Visit our questionnaires for interested children and adults to begin an assessment that will connect you or your child with a knowledgeable Speech Language Pathologist. Just share your background and goals with Better Speech and we’ll match you with the right online speech therapist. With guidance and support, language can become an increasingly easy tool to use.

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