Speech therapy involves the identification, definition, diagnosis and treatment of the range of speech and language disorders. Speech and language difficulties can arise from a wide range of factors. These include: cognitive or other developmental delays, weak oral muscles, motor planning problems, respiratory problems and swallowing disorders.
Speech disorders include the following problems:
- Articulation disorders include difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that individuals cannot understand what is being said.
- Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering.
- Resonance or voice disorders include problems with pitch, volume or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what is being said.
- Dysphasia or oral feeding disorders include difficulties with eating, swallowing and choking.
Through the Muscular Dystrophy SA Client Services team, clients can access our Speech Therapy service. A speech therapist is available once per month at the Muscular Dystrophy SA office. Under special circumstances, however, clients can alternatively undertake their speech therapy session at the Griffiths Rehabilitation Hospital in Hove. If you have a neuromuscular condition and think you may benefit from seeing a speech therapist, please contact Kelly in Client Services on 8234 5266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral.