Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is the process of diagnose and offering of corrective services to the communicatively disabled children and adults. An inability to communicate effectively reduces the level of independence and can be very frustrating for children and adults.

Speech therapist works with children with language articulation (using a clear expressive language) difficulties, in the physically and mentally handicapped, those who have been involved in accidents affecting their speech, the elderly stroke patient who has lost the ability to speak, voice problems and other speech problems.

Successful therapy programme also requires parents' participation to understand the child's response accordingly and learn to develop communicative skills together with the child to enable them to daily and routinely train the child at home. A pre-requisite to speech therapy is to counsel the parents the present condition and expected progress of their child especially to those who cannot accept that their child has a disability and secondly have high expectations for their child.

It is only when the child is put into a situation of adequate attention and required stimulation in an adaptable and appropriate environment, the opportunity for integration, learning and acquiring the skills in enhanced. Speech therapy is to correct disordered speech patterns or to elicit verbal or non-verbal modes of communication with simultaneous development of cognitive and comprehensive skulls as they play the baseline of building blocks for communication.

Treatment Process:

Early diagnose, identification and intervention.
Prognosis of child's ability to participate in therapy programmes.
Working with ENT/ plastic surgeons for effective rehabilitation programmes.
Therapy starts with play activities especially in children and includes blowing activities, puppet games, lip games, tongue games, matching puzzles, labeling, face games, etc.
Clients are taught sounds.
Proceed to promoting talking and communication skills.
Finally establishing and improving communication skills by teaching and developing speech, non-speech, sign languages or using symbols when necessary.