What Is Speech Therapy? A Few Things You Didn’t Know

Speech comes naturally to so many of us that we take for granted the level of precision and co-ordination that it requires. Our diaphragm, vocal cords, tongue, and lips all have to work in coordination with one another. When we struggle with any aspect of that delicate dance, speech therapy can help. Speech therapy can benefit anyone who has trouble speaking, or even swallowing.

Speech Therapy Toronto

During speech therapy, a Speech-Language Pathologist guides you through specific exercises that are designed to improve some aspect of your speech and language abilities. There are three main parts of speech which speech therapy may address: articulation, fluency, and voice.

What Is Articulation
Those who have trouble pronouncing specific sounds, including children and people with strong accents, have articulation problems. They may say “thun” when they mean to say “sun.”

What Is Fluency
Fluency is about the flow of speech. You want to speak in a careful pattern, even when speaking quickly, so that you’re easy to understand. Those who stutter or slur their words together have fluency problems.

What Is Voice
Voice problems include hoarseness, speaking too loudly or too softly, or having trouble resonating or projecting your voice.

Besides these three elements of speech, there are many other concerns that we can address with speech therapy in Toronto, Milton, and the surrounding areas, including:

  • Vocal fatigue/ “losing your voice”
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Vocal nodules/pulps
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Developing listening skills
  • Addressing hearing loss
  • Dysarthria
  • Apraxia

Speech Therapy For Disorders
Many disorders can cause issues in any, or all, of the areas of speech. Speech therapy can help deal with speech effects from childhood developmental disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder, and from adult onset disorders like Parkinson’s Disease.

Speech Therapy For Aphasia
Aphasia is the name for a wide range of speech concerns some develop after suffering a stroke. Speech therapy can help stroke survivors regain some, or all, of their speech ability.

HearSay: Professional Speech Therapy In Milton And The Surrounding Areas

At HearSay, our certified Speech-Language Pathologists offer professional speech therapy in Milton, Toronto, and the surrounding areas We understand that you will have many questions about what speech therapy might do for you, and what it will involve. Contact us by calling 905-875-3345 to book an assessment with a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and to start your treatment plan.

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