Speech therapy is an intervention service that focuses on improving speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language.
You may be referred to a speech therapist, or more appropriately termed a speech-language pathologist (SLP), for a variety of disorders. An SLP can help treat problems related to speech, hearing, and swallowing. More specifically an SLP can help assess and treat:

  • Fluency: stuttering, and cluttering
  • Speech: articulation
  • Language: ability, and comprehension of spoken and written language
  • Cognition: attention, memory, ability to solve problems
  • Voice: characteristics of vocal tone
  • Auditory Habilitation & Auditory Rehabilitation: recovery techniques associated with speech, hearing & language disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders: stroke and congenital disorders
  • Other Services: some therapists will specialize in other services including professional voice development, accent or dialect modification, transgender voice, business communication modification, and voice hygiene