“I’m at a loss for words.” It happens to us all, but for some patients, speech disorders can regularly interfere with their daily life.
We often think about our hearing and our speech as two separate processes, and while different parts of the brain are responsible for carrying out these functions, they are also more closely linked than many people may realize. The team at Area Hearing and Speech Clinic is well-versed in working with patients who present a wide range of speech disorders and we can help you to create solutions that enhance your daily life.
Assessment Of A Speech Disorder
Both children and adults can be affected by a speech disorder, and diagnosing a specific condition can sometimes be an involved process. When you visit our office, we’ll start with an initial screening that will allow us to examine your symptoms and can help to determine an accurate diagnosis. We use language and audiologic assessments and may also talk with others who know you well to gain a better understanding of your concerns. Often times, verbal and written testing techniques will also be utilized.
The results of our screening will determine whether a comprehensive assessment is required, and if so, we will use other sets of through tests in an effort to reach a diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan. By using language sampling or ethnographic interviewing, we can observe an individual’s speech and communication patterns in a more natural setting.
The treatments available for speech disorders are as varied as the conditions themselves, so depending on your specific diagnosis, we will discuss a range of solutions. We’ll aim to improve literacy, focus on syntax and semantics, or use augmentative and alternative communication depending on your specific situation.
At Area Hearing and Speech Clinic we work with children and adults who struggle with the following disorders:
From time to time we all struggle to find the right words, but with an articulation disorder, it’s regularly a challenge to pronounce certain words or sounds. When this interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with others, we’ll use a range of therapy techniques to help improve their ability to speak.
This disorder typically starts to affect people at a young age and can be a hurdle in both social and professional situations as an adult. Stuttering can include excess struggle in pronouncing certain words, the prolongation of some sounds, or repeating monosyllabic words within a sentence.
There are a wide range of voice disorders and they can all affect patients in different ways. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating vocal cord paralysis, laryngitis, nodules, or polyps, and will help you get back on the road to clear communication. We also work with ENT practices in the area should you need additional treatment.
A condition that affects the brain’s ability to coordinate with the muscles in our mouths, apraxia can significantly hinder one’s ability to speak. In some instances sounds are very soft or are not heard at all when trying to communicate with others. Apraxia can affect a child’s developmental progress, so we encourage immediate treatment.
Both adults and children can experience dysarthria, where the face, vocal folds, lips, or tongue are weaker than normal. This affects one’s ability to communicate and can include rapid or mumbled speaking, slow or choppy speech, or abnormal rhythms and pitches.
The team at Area Hearing and Speech Clinic is dedicated to helping your or your loved ones overcome their speech disorder. Contact us today to find out how we can help with personalized treatment plans.