Speech & Language Therapy Specialist in Medical & Rehabilitation Center in Liberty & Brooklyn, NY
For those experiencing difficulties communicating, Ahava Medical Center’s Speech and Language Therapy program can help. Patients in and around Williamsburg and Flatbush as well as throughout New York City can find the help they need at Ahava Medical Center.
Speech & Language Therapy Q & A
What is Speech & Language Therapy?
Speech and language therapy is designed to help patients who are having trouble with communicating as well as drinking, eating, and swallowing. A speech and language pathologist, or commonly referred to as a speech therapist, can help patients overcome the issues which are preventing them from communicating their best. Speech disorders occur when a patient cannot produce speech sounds correctly or fluently or when patients have problems with their resonance or voice. Language disorders occur when a person has difficulty understanding others or expressing their feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Speech and language pathologists can also help those who have social communication problems, swallowing disorders, and cognitive-communication disorders which can include difficulty organizing thoughts.
What Does a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Do?
A Speech Language Pathologist provides assessments and treatment for of an array of disorders and/or delays which include:
- cognitive impairments or delays
- articulation disorders
- voice disorders
- social language use or pragmatic disorders
- expressive and receptive language impairments or delays
- oral motor and oral feeding issues
- auditory processing disorder
- dysphagia (swallowing problems)
What Treatments Are Used?
Speech therapists use a variety of strategies such as:
- Language intervention activities: Interaction with a patient by playing and/or talking, using books, objects, pictures, or ongoing events to stimulate language development. The therapist may also use repetition exercises to build language skills and model correct vocabulary and grammar.
- Articulation therapy: Articulation, or sound production, strategies will have the therapist model the correct sounds and syllables for a patient using words and sentences.
- Oral-motor/feeding and swallowing therapy: The therapist can use numerous oral exercises which can include facial massage and various lip, tongue, and jaw exercises to strengthen the muscles of the mouth. This helps to improve eating, drinking, and swallowing. The therapist can also introduce different food temperatures and textures to increase a young patient’s oral awareness during eating and swallowing.