A speech therapist can work with patients to assess and treat communication and speech disorders in both children and adults. 

How Speech Therapy is Performed

Speech therapy is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), also referred to as “speech therapists”. Speech therapists work with patients to determine speech areas that need improvement, and provide exercises to help strengthen them.

Speech therapists can work with patients with any degree of speech difficulty and age. At your initial appointment, the SLP will ask you to discuss the challenges you face while speaking and the areas you would like to improve. The provider will develop a customized treatment plan to target your specific difficulties. Providers often meet with patients weekly, during which time they will guide patients through exercises and vocal training. 

Conditions Treated with Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists can treat most patients with a language or speaking difficulty. Some patients may have a speech condition, while others may struggle due to neurological disorders. Some of the primary conditions treated by speech therapy include:

Receptive Disorder

This refers to patients who have difficulty receiving and processing what others around them are saying. 

Articulation Disorder

This is the inability to form certain word sounds.

Fluency Disorder

This condition can impact the flow, speed, and rhythm of speech. It also includes stuttering. 

Expressive Disorder

This can cause patients to have difficulty expressing their ideas or information. 

Cognitive-Communication Disorders

This is a difficulty to communicate due to an injury to the portion of the brain that controls the ability to think. 

Dysarthria

This condition creates slow or slurred speech caused by a weakness or inability to control the speaking muscles. 

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Benefits of Speech Therapy

Working with a speech therapist can help patients improve their communication and language skills, which will, in turn, better their lives. This is achieved through:

  • One-on-one care with a licensed speech therapist
  • Customized treatment plans
  • Personalized training and exercises

Some of the benefits include improved speaking and listening ability, as well as a boost in confidence when speaking.

Your Speech Therapy Experience

When you meet with one of SFENTA’s SLPs, they will work to understand your speech difficulties, review your medical history, and decide if you are a good candidate. If you are not a candidate, they can recommend another form of treatment.

For those who are candidates, you will begin meeting with your SLP, who will provide you with an appointment schedule. At each appointment, the speech therapist will ask you to perform specific exercises or vocal training techniques to help improve your speaking ability. Patients may also be provided with exercises that can be completed at home. 

About SFENTA

SFENTA is one of South Florida’s top-rated providers for ENT care. When you visit our offices, you’ll find the latest in ENT care and a network of specialists unlike any other. Our staff has been working with patients for over three decades to help them achieve long-term relief. 

We’ve made it our goal to provide each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

Our providers will take the time to understand your concerns and then develop a customized treatment plan to address your unique symptoms.

Continuity of Care

We believe in finding long-term relief for our patients, not a short-term solution to the problem.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

With a team of over 50 board-certified physicians and 40 allied professionals, we’ve built an unrivaled provider network that thrives on internal collaboration.

The Security of a Community Staple

Our staff is always nearby when you need us because we have over 30 locations across South Florida.

FAQ

Is there an age limit for speech therapy?

No. Patients of all ages can benefit from speech therapy.

I have a difficult time forming certain word sounds. Am I a candidate?

You may be. Our speech therapists can help determine if you are a candidate.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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