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1. What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy is special treatment provided for speech and communication disorders. Speech, swallowing, and language problems may result from several causes that include brain injury, stroke, developmental delays, or other such issues. Speech therapy aims at improving the functioning and quality of life of the patients with such concerns.
2. What is the right age to start speech therapy in children?
It is usual for children to start speaking their first words when they are between 12 and 18 months of age. If by that time, a child has not spoken their first word or has not added to the vocabulary, speech therapy may be considered.
3. Is it possible to do speech therapy at home?
Yes, it is possible. Home practice increases the effectiveness of speech therapy. By understanding in which area the child is lagging, targets may be set. Speaking clearly to the child, using baby talk, and using pictures of familiar or favorite things help improve speech.
4. How is speech therapy beneficial?
There are several benefits of speech therapy for children with swallowing disorders or communication difficulties. Speech therapy helps children to exercise the muscles associated with speech. This strengthens the children's ability to speak coherently. They are enabled to express themselves, their ideas, and feelings appropriately.
5. What are the different methods used in speech therapy?
Different methods of speech therapy are recommended according to the specific needs of each child. For enhancing oral-motor control, swallowing and feeding therapy is followed. There are other methods such as facial massage, tongue, jaw, and lip exercises.