Speech therapy is the provision of treatment, support and care for both children and adults who have difficulties in communicating, eating, drinking and/or swallowing. The goal of speech therapy is to provide support in the areas of language acquisition and articulation as well as improve communication skills and provide oral motor stimulation. With speech therapy, those with difficulty in speech and language can develop their communication skills as well as increase their range of sounds and overall quality of pronunciation and articulation.
It is also effective in controlling stuttering as well as helping patients become familiar with augmentative/alternative methods of communication. Speech therapy also deals with sensory feeding issues or swallowing problems (dysphagia).
Speech-language pathologists help patients focus on receptive-expressive communication, articulation, fluency, voice, augmentative/alternative communication methods, social pragmatics, oral motor skill development and feeding/dysphagia.