Speech Therapy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Do you ever feel like no one around you understands what youre saying? You know what youre trying to say, but you get stuck in the middle of a word or the person youre talking to keeps asking you to repeat yourself. Speech therapy can help, as Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Speech therapy involves the treatment of physical or cognitive disorders that cause difficulty with verbal communication. Speech therapy treatments include strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice, and the use of audio-visual aids.

Also known as speech-language pathologists, speech therapists work with stroke victims, individuals with speech disorders such as lisps and stammers, and with the deaf and hearing impaired. These professionals also provide services for individuals with dysphagia who have difficulty swallowing.

These are a few of the problems a speech therapist can treat:

Articulation: if you have trouble saying certain sounds or words correctly.

Fluency: if you repeat certain sounds, making it hard to complete a word.

Resonance or voice: if people have trouble hearing you.

Language: if you have trouble understanding people when they talk to you or if you have trouble putting words together to express your thoughts, and

Swallowing: when your throat reflexes are impaired and swallowing is difficult.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.