Speech is how we say sounds and words. Speech includes:
Articulation is how we make speech sounds using the mouth, lips, and tongue. For example, we need to be able to say the “r” sound to say “rabbit” instead of “wabbit.”
Voice is how we use our vocal folds and breath to make sounds. Our voice can be loud or soft or high- or low-pitched. We can hurt our voice by talking too much, yelling, or coughing a lot.
Fluency is the rhythm of our speech. We sometimes repeat sounds or pause when talking. People who do often may stutter.
Our speech therapy practice covers:
- Attention Deficit Disorders and Related Language/Listening Disorders
- Articulation/Phonological Delays
- Auditory Processing Treatment
- Auditory Verbal Therapy and Aural Habilitation Pre-Lingual Hearing Loss
- Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorders)
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Child Developmental Disorders
- Developmental Pervasive Disorder
- Expressive Language Disorder
- Feeding Issues
- Hearing Impairment
- Language Disorders
- Language/Literacy Disorder
- Language Processing Disorder and Treatment
- Memory and Cognition
- Phonemic-Phonological Awareness Skills
- Phonological development
- Receptive Language Disorder
- Social Pragmatic Language
- Tongue Thrust Therapy/Treatment
Children can have trouble with speech, language, or both. Having trouble understanding what others say is a receptive language disorder. Having problems sharing our thoughts, ideas, and feelings is an expressive language disorder. It is possible to have both a receptive and an expressive language problem.
When we have trouble saying sounds, stutter when we speak, or have voice problems, we have a speech disorder.
Reading and writing are language skills. Learning disabilities can take many forms from having problems understanding others and using words appropriately.