Problems that your Speech Therapist Can Help Your

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Speech and language therapists work closely with babies, children and adults who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems, and includes those who have swallowing, drinking or eating difficulties.

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Problems that your Speech Therapist Can Help Your Child With :

Problems that your Speech Therapist Can Help Your Child With Mariposa Therapy Services http ://mariposatherapyservices.com/

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Speech and language therapists work closely with babies, children and adults who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems, and includes those who have swallowing, drinking or eating difficulties.

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Therapists assess a client's needs before developing individual treatment programs to enable each client to improve as much as possible. Treatment plans often involve other people with whom the client has a close relationship, for example family, careers or teachers.

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To be more specific, here are a couple of issues your speech therapist can help your child with.

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Stuttering is a communication disorder that affects speech fluency. It is characterized by breaks in the flow of speech referred to as disfluencies and typically begins in childhood. Everyone experiences disfluencies in their speech. Some disfluencies are totally normal but having too many can actually significantly affect one’s ability to communicate.

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In stuttering, we most often see the following types of primary behaviors : repetitions, prolongations, interjections, and blocks. We may also see secondary behaviors , typically in more severe cases of stuttering such as tension in the neck, shoulders, face, jaw, chest; eye blinks, nose flaring, other odd facial movements; clenched fists, stomping of feet; jerking or other unusual motor movements in arms, hands, legs, feet. Speech therapists can teach your child strategies on how to control this behavior and thus increasing his speech fluency and intelligibility.

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Voice disorders refer to disorders that effect the vocal folds that allow us to have a voice. These can include vocal cord paralysis, nodules or polyps on the vocal folds, and other disorders that can cause hoarseness or aphonia (loss of voice). A common voice disorder in young children is hoarseness caused by vocal abuse. Vocal abuse refers to bad habits that lead to strain or damage of the vocal folds such as yelling, excessive talking, coughing, throat clearing, etc. Speech-language pathologists with experience in voice and resonance disorders can work with children to decrease these behaviors and repair the strain/damage of the folds.

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According to Ann M. Kummer , resonance refers to “the quality of the voice that is determined by the balance of sound vibration in the oral, nasal, and pharyngeal cavities during speech. Abnormal resonance can occur if there is obstruction in one of the cavities, causing hyponasality or cul-de-sac resonance, or if there is velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD), causing hypernasality and/or nasal emission.” http://mariposatherapyservices.com/

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