Verbal expression of thoughts is necessary for successful communication. When one can’t communicate well, his ability to interact socially or to make choices gets limited. Developed communication skills are crucial for overall progress of children as well as adults. A speech or language disorder comes when a person faces problems in creating or forming the speech sounds or in making sentences needed for communication. Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. These include play therapy, articulation therapy, language intervention activities, voice therapy and other techniques depending on the speech or language disorder. Speech therapy is needed for speech disorders that developed in childhood or speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness such as stroke or brain injury. Ranging from speech and language delay, stammering, articulation disorder, Aphasia, Apraxia, voice disorders, hearing issues, reading and writing disorders; there are several speech and language disorders that can be treated with speech therapy. A speech language pathologist helps people to communicate in a better way by providing speech and language therapy. It helps a person in his overall wellbeing and growth. By consulting a speech language pathologist for communication issues, one is better able to understand and express his ideas thoughts and feelings. Speech language therapy gives person strategies to deal with communication issues. Providing therapeutic intervention to both normal and special children, a speech therapist gives a life changing treatment and support to progress in their pre- language skills, personal, academic and social life. For Adults, speech therapy helps them to excel in their own fields and in emotional regulation. Speech and language issues are quite prevalent in recent times and such issues can be well treated by intensive speech therapy practices. Reaching a professional and certified speech language therapist is as important as speech and language therapy itself. It can be said that speech therapy improves overall quality of life of people having speech language issues. In order to receive best speech therapy outcomes early intervention is also important. Earlier the intervention is better results an individual will receive regarding their speech and language abilities.
Amber Gizaal Roshan
MS: Speech and Language Pathology (PU)
BS: (4 years) A. Psy: Maj. Cli. Psy (PU)