Communication connects us. An inability to communicate or difficulty communicating isolates us. If you or a loved one has any difficulty with understanding or using speech and/or language, That is when we can step in and help you. We will be happy to discuss your concerns before you schedule an evaluation, and will not recommend therapy if test results indicate “normal” or “average” speech and/or language skills.
At Able Talk Therapies we evaluate a person’s communication or swallowing abilities, diagnose underlying problems, develop a personal treatment plan, provide therapy, and maintain records to track a person’s progress.
We provide a broad range of therapies because we treat so many different disorders which include:
- helping to learn how to form sounds
- teaching how to speak clearly and easily
- using exercises to strengthen muscles used to speak or swallow
- helping to increase the number of words they can say and/or understand
- working to improve the way they put words together in sentences
- providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for those who have severe language disorders
- educating our patients and their families about how to overcome challenges stemming from the communication or swallowing problem
- providing a type of treatments, that help improve quality of life for people with hearing loss
These conditions make it difficult to produce sounds. Some examples include:
- apraxia – the brain has trouble directing the movements of the muscles used to speak
- articulation disorders – the inability to form certain sounds, such as “th” or “r”
- stuttering – when the flow of speech is broken by pauses and repetition
- resonance disorders – caused by an obstruction such as a cleft palate
- dysarthria – weakness in the muscles used in speech, caused by brain injury
These may be receptive (difficulty understanding language) or expressive (difficulty making oneself understood to others). Some examples are:
- aphasia – difficulty speaking or understanding others because of damage to the brain
- auditory processing disorder – the brain has trouble understanding the meaning of sounds
Social Communication Disorders
These conditions make it hard to communicate socially: greeting, asking questions, taking part in conversations, and talking in ways that are appropriate for the situation. Difficulty with social communication can be caused by autism spectrum disorder or events such as a traumatic brain injury.
Sometimes called dysphagia, swallowing disorders are problems with eating and swallowing. Symptoms include coughing or choking during or after eating, food leaking from the mouth, taking much longer than normal to finish meals, weight loss, dehydration, and frequent pneumonia.