What is Speech Therapy?
Does your child struggle articulating his/her thoughts? Does he/she often communicate improperly or faintly?
Speech-language pathologists are therapists who specialize in treating language problems and speech disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists administer hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients to develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems.
Did You Know?
- Approximately 19 percent of children between the ages of two and seven demonstrate a language delay.
- The prevalence of speech sound disorders in young children is 8-9%. By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.
- It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans stutter.
- It is estimated that approximately 80,000 individuals acquire aphasia each year.
- Incidence of childhood stuttering is highest between a child’s second and fourth birthdays, ultimately affecting 4% to 5% of the population.
- Case histories often reveal a positive family history of communication disorders. Between 28% and 60% of children with a speech and language deficit have a sibling and/or parent who is also affected.
(Source: ASHA Research)