Speech therapy can treat a broad range of speech and language delays and disorders in children and adults. With early intervention, speech therapy can
improve communication and boost self-confidence.
$ What happens during speech therapy?
Speech therapy usually begins with an assessment by an SLP who will identify the type of
and the best way to treat it.
$ Speech therapy for children
For your child, speech therapy may take place in a classroom or small group, or one-on-one, depending on the speech disorder. Speech therapy exercises
and activities vary depending on your child’s disorder, age, and needs. During speech therapy for children, the SLP may:
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interact through talking and playing, and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development
model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play to teach the child how to make certain sounds
provide strategies and homework for the child and parent or caregiver on how to do speech therapy at home
$ Speech therapy for adults
Speech therapy for adults also begins with assessment to determine your needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises for adults can help you
with speech, language, and cognitive communication.
Therapy may also include retraining of swallowing function if an injury or medical condition, such as
Exercises may involve:
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problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
conversational tactics to improve social communication
exercises to strengthen oral muscles
$ How long do you need speech therapy?
`The amount of time a person needs speech therapy depends on a few factors, including:
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type and severity of the speech disorder
frequency of therapy
underlying medical condition
treatment of an underlying medical condition