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Benefits of Speech Therapy for Adults and Children

As a Speech Language Therapy Service, our aim is to help both children and adults with speech complications. Whether an individual is having problems with stuttering or pronunciations, speech therapy can help advance communication skills in many ways, shapes and forms.

In this article, you will learn about the key benefits that come from speech therapy and the importance of speech development for young children.

Tailored to you

Professional speech therapy can help improve numerous types of speech problems. To name a few, we can help with:

  • Language and speech delays
  • Fluency disorders
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Mild to moderate learning difficulties

Every person has a unique way of learning and processing the things that are happening around them. Therefore, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to speech therapy simply would not work. We ensure all of our sessions are tailored to suit the individual’s needs.

Everyone’s ideal outcome from speech therapy differs from person to person. In order to build confidence, sessions have a personalised structure to help improve the way you communicate.  For example, a 25-year-old woman may benefit from breathing exercises to improve the speed of speech and fluency; whilst a 5-year-old boy may need to go through a series of repetition and imitation to help him pronounce words better and improve speech muscles. Depending on what your goals are, speech therapy aims to cater to you in the way you learn best.

 

Positive Reinforcement from an early age

It can be really frustrating for young children who are finding it difficult to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Not only does it weigh down on their confidence, but it may also give them a negative connotation towards speaking.

When a child attends speech therapy, they are developing a better understanding of language. Frequent visits can help improve the ability to communicate with others whilst they define a strong sense of identity and independence. If you suspect your child is struggling with speech, we recommend you seek help sooner rather than later. Delaying speech development may run the risk of missing the important maturing and learning required for the brain.

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Benefits to you in other areas of life

Speech therapy provides an intelligible level of speech so you can communicate effectively and be understood by others. It teaches you the ability to express your thoughts, ideas and feelings.

For children, developing the correct speech structure can increase their ability to problem-solve. The new level of growth in language prepares them with the vital skills that will aid them in their academic career.  The practical social skills help them build stronger bonds with future peers and friends. Even those with mild speech delays will find a massive benefit with the development of strong communication skills.

For adults, speech therapy may be another way to develop their professionalism. If you are someone who is nervous answering phones at work, speech therapy can help develop the rate at which you speak or the way you listen and respond under pressure. Alternatively, you may be someone who needs to debrief a team every morning and wants to develop a strong, clear and concise way of communicating.

We aim to enhance the learning of language through positive reinforcement and stimulation. Regardless of the reason for why you want to partake in speech therapy, if you believe you, or someone you know, are displaying symptoms of speech difficulties, please feel free to get in touch with us. There are many types of speech difficulties and disorders that speech therapy can help with.

 

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