Speech, Language and Voice

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SPEECH

Speech is the ability to pronounce sounds individually, as well as in groups; forming words and sentences. If a person’s speech is unintelligible, it may be difficult to understand what they are saying. Children have to develop the ability to pronounce sounds over a period of time and should be easily understood by strangers when they are about five years old.

Adults may lose the ability to speak clearly, mostly due to neurological difficulties.

We provide various integrated therapy techniques focusing on speech, which can improve speech intelligibility.

 

 

LANGUAGE

The ability to use expressive language starts with putting sounds together to build words with meaning. Words get connected into sentences which is used to ask questions, tell stories, have conversations and more.

Receptive language is the comprehension of words, sentences and conversations. This can be in any form: written, spoken or gestures.

Language also consists of other areas that contributes to having socially appropriate conversations, e.g. eye contact and turn taking.

We offer a comprehensive assessment to determine the client’s strengths and needs. Therapy is family centered and focus on functional outcomes.

VOICE

The unique sound of your voice is mainly produced by the vibrations of your vocal cords. Men usually have lower pitched voices than women and children, because their vocal cords are larger.

Vocal cords can be damaged by misuse or abuse, causing hoarseness. We work closely with an ENT to determine the cause of the hoarseness. Voice therapy can improve vocal hygiene and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

Assistive devices, like an electronic larynx, can be used if the vocal cords have been removed.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices are often used to assist people who are unable to communicate verbally, in writing or with gestures. AAC devices empower people with severe disabilities to communicate with their loved ones.

*Free hearing screening is offered to all clients during a speech and language assessment.