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 MDSA Client Services team, clients can access our speech therapy service. A speech therapist is available once per month at the MDSA office. If you have a neuromuscular condition and think you may benefit from seeing a speech therapist, please contact the Client Service team on 8234 5266 for a referral.