The purpose of speech therapy is to help strengthen and improve speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs of an individual. Speech therapists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, voice and language disorders. A speech therapist will:
- Assess speech limitations and develop a plan to recover communication skills.
- Retrain patients to effectively communicate after a stroke, tracheotomy, laryngectomy or other medical events that may affect muscles associated with speech.
- Counsel and support individuals and families with the emotional stress that speech-related problems can cause.
Speech therapy is more than just a plan to regain confidence in communication skills. It is a collaborative effort between you, your speech therapist, and other health care specialists to help you achieve the best quality of life.