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Speech-Language pathologists (SLP) help develop their communication abilities as we; as treat speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders.  Their sevices include prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment andrehabilitation.  Speech-language therapy is the management for nearly all children and adults with speech and/or language disorders.  A speech disorder refers to a difficulty with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty undestanding or puttin words together to communicate ideas.

Thearpy should commence as early as possible.  Children, who attend therapy early in their development i.e. younger than 3 years, are likely to have improved results than those who start therapy afterwards.

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Children and adults might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons:

  • hearing impairments
  • cognitive or other developmental delays
  • stuttering
  • weak oral muscles
  • birth defects - cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebal palsy and other neurological and developmental disorders
  • motor planning problems
  • feeding and swollowing disorders - include problems gathering food and getting ready to suck, chew, or swollow it.
  • Traumatic brain injury - car accidents or assaults that resulted in trauma to the head.





 





 

 

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