Speech Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy - encompasses many areas all requiring stimulation or strengthening of weak areas. For articulation disorders in adults and children, oral motor exercises are frequently employed to train the use of correct muscle groups. In adults, strength is often returned to weak muscles following stroke or other illness. Stimulating language following stroke can help the individual cope with their language loss and strengthen less effected areas. Voice restoration following removal of the larynx following cancer can be an exciting adventure learning esophogeal speech, injecting air into the esophoagas as a substitute voice, using a vibrating device placed on the neck or in the mouth or surgical application of a prosthetic device known as the Blom Singer voice prosthesis. Children who seem to learn language slower than others may have a developmental language delay or learning disorder. Screenings are often a good first step if parents or teachers have a question.

The /r/ sound (er and r) is the longest developing sound in the english language. Children are not developmentally expected to achieve /r/ until age 8.