Speech / Language / Communication Disorders Evaluation and Treatment
Do you or your child have any of these communication disorders?
Language – difficulty understanding others or conveying thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Articulation – inability to produce speech sounds properly or easily; difficulties with voice or pronouncing sounds.
Apraxia – also called dyspraxia – difficulty communicating correctly and consistently; trouble putting sounds and syllables together in the correct order to form words; improper use of the varying rhythms, stresses, and inflections of speech that are used to help express meaning.
Voice – may include a variety of symptoms, such as:
- a “rough” or “scratchy” voice
- a “lump in the throat” sensation
- decreased pitch range
- voice and body fatigue
- inability to speak loudly
Fluency – variations in continuity, smoothness, rhythm, and/or effort of speech. E.g., stuttering, characterized by “tight” speech, where sounds and words get stuck or repeated.
Oral Motor – difficulty using facial muscles (mouth, jaw, tongue, lips) for speech or feeding. Symptoms include difficulty using a straw; excessive drooling; difficulty imitating oral movements; groping for or inconsistent production of sounds.
Myofunctional – exaggerated tongue movement during speech and/or swallowing; may cause difficulty in pronouncing certain sounds correctly, such as “thumb” instead of “some”.
Auditory Processing – difficulty hearing and understanding speech despite hearing sensitivity within normal limits.
JoAnn Ficca has worked one-on-one with hundreds of children and adults with these disorders to help improve not just their quality of speech, but also their quality of life.
Contact JoAnn for a consultation, and, if indicated, a formal evaluation and treatment plan.