At Advanced Independence speech therapy is a specialist with training in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of speech, voice, and language disorders who works with people, unable to make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly.
Advanced Independence works with people who
- have fluency and rhythm problems
- inappropriate pitch
- a harsh voice
- speech quality problems.
The most widespread and obvious speech disorder is stuttering, often caused by anxiety.
The speech therapist sets up a program of speech exercises to reduce the disability, and if necessary, enlists the aid of a psychologist or psychiatrist. Other disorders may result from hearing loss, stroke, cerebral palsy, mental disability, or brain injury. Speech therapists keep careful records on the evaluation and progress of patients, often developing and implementing individualized treatment programs based on the input of physicians, psychiatric social workers, and psychologists. In fact, because speech disorders are usually related to neurological, psychological, and physical conditions, speech therapists must be able to work as a member of a team which may include other healthcare specialists such as a neurologist and psychiatrist. An important part of a speech therapist’s work is the counseling and support of individuals and families on speech disorders and on how to cope with the stress associated with these problems.