Imagine not being able to communicate, not being able to express your thoughts and feelings...
Communication is a complex aspect of human behavior. A child or adult with a communication disorder may encounter many obstacles to learning, communicating and employment. Speech and Language therapy thus forms an integral part of education and rehabilitation. When to refer to speech therapy....
ARTICULATION: lisps or sound substitution/omissions
LANGUAGE: difficulty expressing him/herself or delayed language acquisition due to e.g. hearing loss
PRAGMATIC LANGUAGE: children who have difficulty with social communication, often seen in children with PDD
LEARNING DIFFICULTIES: phonological awareness and auditory perceptual difficulties
FEEDING/SWALLOWING DIFFICULTIES: weak suck, feeding aversions, reflux ect .
VOICE DISORDERS: vocal abuse and misuse
AUGMETATIVE & ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION: Finding alternative means of communication for children who will not be able to communicate verbally
LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE REHAB: post paediatric stroke or TBI
DYSARTHRIA: motor speech disorder due to facial weakness after a stroke
APHASIA: language disorder, e.g. word finding difficulties
APRAXIA: motor planning disorder, either verbal or oral Apraxia
COGNITIVE REHABILITATION: memory, orientation, executive functions following TBI
DYSPHAGIA: swallowing difficulties relating to the oral preparatory- oral-, and pharyngeal phase of the swallow
DYSFLUENCIES: stuttering and change in vocal quality due to edema, nodules, vocal mis– and abuse