Speech Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are often referred to as Speech Therapy and Speech Therapists. This ‘nickname’ does not do justice to all the benefits and skills a well-trained Speech Therapist. SLPs work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat not only speech disorders but also language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults.

Speech therapy for adults also begins with an assessment to determine your needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises for adults can help you with speech, language, and cognitive communication. It may also include retraining of swallowing function if an injury or medical condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or oral cancer has caused swallowing difficulties.

Exercises may involve:

  • problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
  • conversational tactics to improve social communication
  • breathing exercises for resonance
  • exercises to strengthen oral muscles
Speech Therapy

There are several speech and language disorders that can be treated with speech therapy. 

Listed below are a few conditions our SLP’s can treat for you:

  • Receptive disorders – A person with a receptive language disorder has trouble understanding and processing what others say. This can cause them to seem uninterested when someone is speaking, have trouble following directions, or have a limited vocabulary. 
  • Expressive disorders – Expressive language disorder is difficulty conveying or expressing information. If you have an expressive disorder, you may have trouble forming accurate sentences, such as using incorrect verb tense.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders – Difficulty communicating because of an injury to the part of the brain that controls your ability to think is referred to as cognitive-communication disorder. It can result in memory issues, problem-solving, and difficulty speaking or listening.
  • Aphasia. This is an acquired communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak and understand others. It also often affects a person’s ability to read and write. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, though other brain disorders can also cause it.
  • Dysarthria. This condition is characterized by slow or slurred speech due to a weakness or inability to control the muscles used for speech. It’s most commonly caused by nervous system disorders and conditions that cause facial paralysis or throat and tongue weakness, such as multiple sclerosis (MS)amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and stroke.
  • Articulation disorders. An articulation disorder is the inability to properly form certain word sounds. An individual with this speech disorder may drop, swap, distort or add word sounds.
  • Fluency disorders. A fluency disorder affects the flow, speed, and rhythm of speech. Stuttering and cluttering are fluency disorders 
  • Resonance disorders. A resonance disorder occurs when a blockage or obstruction of regular airflow in the nasal or oral cavities alters the vibrations responsible for voice quality.