Speech-language therapy includes the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive and feeding/swallowing skills. Although the terms speech and language are often used interchangeably, it is important to understand the difference between them.
Speech is the physical production of sounds. It involves precise and coordinated muscle movement of the lips, tongue, jaw, larynx, chest and abdomen. Speech disorders include:
- Articulation disorders
- Phonological disorders
- Apraxia of speech
- Fluency disorders (including stuttering)
- Voice disorders
- Feeding/swallowing disorders (including orofacial myofunctional disorders)
Language is a symbolic, rule governed system used to convey a message. Symbols can include spoken/written words or gestures, while the “rules” of language include appropriate use of syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology and pragmatics. Language disorders include:
Although auditory processing disorder is considered an auditory disorder, language processing skills are usually affected and therefore targeted in evaluation and treatment.
In addition to speech-language therapy, we also provide services to actors and professionals including:
- Accent reduction
- Voice training
- Personal communication and public speaking coaching
If you have questions regarding speech-language treatment or professional speaking training, feel free to schedule a free 15 minute consultation or email us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!