Many speech therapy conditions and disorders can affect our ability to speak and communicate. They range from saying sounds incorrectly to being completely unable to speak or understand speech. Speech and voice disorders may include:
- Fluency Disorders – Interruption in the flow of speech that’s characterized by an unusual rate or rhythm of speech, hesitations, repetition of sounds or words, or prolongations of nouns, syllables, words, or phrases. Symptoms may be accompanied by excessive tension, struggle behavior, and secondary mannerisms.
- Articulation Disorders – Difficulties with the way sounds are formed and assembled, often characterized by omitting, adding, substituting, or distorting sounds.
- Voice Disorders – Characterized vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, or duration which is inappropriate for an individual’s age or gender, or both.
Language disorders may include:
- Aphasia – Loss of speech and language abilities as a result of a stroke or some other form of damage to the brain.
- Delayed Language – Slowness in the development of the language skills necessary for conveying and understanding thoughts and ideas.
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