Each May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association launches Better Speech and Hearing Month. This campaign raises public awareness of communication disorders and spreads the word about services that are available for people with speech, language, or hearing issues to improve their communication and overall quality of life.
Speech-language pathologists are key in helping those with speech and language disorders improve their ability to communicate with those around them. But what exactly does a speech-language pathologist do? Here are some of the basic issues that speech therapists work with on a daily basis:
Speech Disorders: Speech disorders involve how a person’s words actually sound. There are a huge number of sounds in the English language, and if a person has difficulty with even one of these, it can seriously impact communication. Difficulty pronouncing certain sounds is particularly common in young children. A speech-language pathologist can target the problem sounds and help head off future issues in communication.
Language Disorders: Language disorders involve anything that causes a problem in finding the words to express a thought or understanding the words others say. Language can be affected by a number of issues. Strokes and other brain injuries are one of the most common causes of language problems.
Developmental disorders, like autism, can also have an enormous impact on language development. Speech-language pathologists are trained to break down the complex code of language, and devise strategies for improving or compensating for problem areas.
Voice Disorders: Like any other part of the human body, the vocal cords can be injured. Injuries to the vocal cords are often caused by poor speech habits or using the voice ineffectively. A speech therapist can provide training on how to use your voice in a way that is healthy, while still coming across clear and strong. Speech-language pathologists can also help modify other vocal quality issues, such as an overly nasal or high-pitched voice.
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