Speech therapy, otherwise known as speech language pathology, is a treatment option for children and adults who struggle with communicating, whether they have troubles understanding or expressing language cues. Speech therapy can help people at any age who are experiencing difficulty with their fluency, speech production, cognition, voice and more. At Stockton Hearing & Speech Center in Stockton, Calif., we provide speech therapy services for a variety of communication issues.

Nearly 20 percent of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives, according to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Each case is different and depends on the individual, which can vary the amount of time it takes for speech therapy to be effective. Regardless of length, speech therapy can solve many speech, language and voice disorders.

Here’s some more information regarding the role of a speech therapist, who can benefit from speech therapy, and why speech therapy is important.

What is the role of a Speech Therapist?

The role of a speech therapist is to ultimately help people with their speech and language problems. Speech therapists assess where their patients have trouble communicating and help decipher treatment options. They also collaborate with other professionals such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors to develop treatment plans best suited for the individual.

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, speech therapists’ practice areas include the following:

  • Fluency — stuttering and cluttering
  • Speech Production — motor planning and execution, articulation
  • Language — phonology, syntax, semantics, language use and social aspects of communication
  • Cognition — attention, memory and problem solving
  • Voice — pitch and loudness
  • Resonance — hypernasality and hyponasality
  • Feeding and Swallowing — oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases
  • Auditory Habilitation/Rehabilitation — speech, language, communication and listening skills impacted by hearing loss and deafness

The Stockton Hearing & Speech Center has highly trained professionals ready to help for all your hearing care needs.

Who does Speech Therapy benefit?

Speech therapy benefits not only the person with the communication disorder, but the people who surround the patient with the disorder. People of all ages can benefit from speech therapy, from infants to children to adults.

  • Infants  — Speech therapists assist premature babies and infants with conditions such as cerebral palsy, cleft palate and Down syndrome. These patients might have difficulty drinking, swallowing and basic early communication skills.
  • Children  — Speech therapy can help children with a variety of speech, language and communication issues, such as stuttering or cluttering. It can also help children with secondary conditions, which might be learning difficulties or hearing problems.
  • Adults  — Speech therapists help adults who have trouble communicating or swallowing because of medical conditions, such as a stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease or dementia.

Why is Speech Therapy important?

Speech therapy is important because it helps patients communicate more efficiently and effectively. Communication is the root of most people’s lifestyles, whether they’re communicating verbally or nonverbally Catching on to language and social cues can be vital for successful everyday interactions, such as making friends or carrying a simple conversation.

If you have any further questions regarding speech therapy or would like to schedule an appointment with our team of hearing experts, call (209) 951-6491 or request an appointment on our online form. We look forward to hearing from you!