Treatment for Speech Disorders
Abnormal production of speech sounds described by substitutions, omissions, additions or distortions can affect intelligibility.
Fluency disorders are characterized by uncommon rate, rhythm, and repetitions when making sounds, syllables, words and phrases.
Sometimes communication difficulties are rooted in a deficient understanding of the use of spoken, written or other systems of communication.
When use of the language itself or the production of sound are not the issue, sometimes cognitive issues can cause serious problems in easy communication. Impairments may interfere with attention span, memory and recall, organization of thoughts, problem solving and reasoning skills, and executive functions.
Even when clients have a grasp on the various elements of language, there can still be some trouble when putting them all together in a practical manner. Social cues and grammar are equal constraints that may be difficult to wrestle with for some.
Swallowing and Feeding
Oral motor deficits can have detrimental effects on the pharyngeal, laryngeal and esophageal phases of eating and swallowing.
A voice disorder is evidenced by atypical sound production caused by lack of control over one’s own vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance and/or duration.