We have speech therapy for both children and adults. There are many things that could cause a child to have difficulty with speech, swallowing, aversions to food or cognitive issues. Our therapists are here to help with any of these issues.
Adult speech difficulties are common and come in many forms including stuttering, dysarthria (a problem with motor control of speech), voice problems, and articulation difficulties. This can cause a person to not want to communicate and even become withdrawn emotionally. In addition, problems with swallowing and drinking can be a serious health problem. However, speech therapy can help many adults improve their speech, swallowing and communication skills. This allows the individual to want to communicate, eat better, boost their morale and their purpose to their life.
What does Speech Therapy focus on?
Speech therapy focuses on the following issues:
- Any chewing/swallowing difficulties or changes
- Food aversions
- Difficulty talking
- Difficulty expressing thoughts or identifying common objects or people
- Difficulty understanding written and spoken language
- Muscle weakness or tightness of the tongue or throat
- Changes in memory, attention, orientation
- Changes in the quality of voice
What is a Speech Therapist?
Speech-language pathologists (SLP), or speech therapists, are the only health care professionals specifically educated and prepared to evaluate and treat children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing problems. They address decreases in swallowing, cognitive, and/or communicative function following brain injury, stroke, and brain tumors, or coinciding with progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
SLPs help people develop effective speaking and listening skills, improve loudness or quality of voice, preserve the pleasures associated with eating, or re-train cognitive skills, such as memory and word-finding.
How Speech Therapy Helps
If you or someone you love is having difficulty with their speech, reach out for an assessment with our skilled speech therapists. They can easily identify if there are any problems and then provide the right therapies to improve it. There may difficulties with the neurological processing and possibly muscle function in the tongue and throat.
Just like muscles of the body need strengthening and coordination, so do the muscles of the tongue and throat to make a proper speech. Our speech therapists work on neurological exercises and speech exercises to help with a wide array of speech/language difficulties. Our speech therapists work to improve understanding, pronunciation and forming of speech to help you be more social and communicate effectively. For more information on speech therapy, contact our northern Minnesota speech therapists at Choice Therapy for an appointment or free screening.