The speech therapy department at ACMC is dedicated to provide the highest quality speech, language, and communication services. We believe in the importance of working collaboratively with families to ensure that children learn and progress to their fullest communicative potential. We offer comprehensive assessments and individual therapy sessions for individuals with speech, language, and communication disorders.
The speech therapist provides a wide variety of medical services and mainly on individual basis, and also family support and community awareness. The initial step in treatment begins with the diagnosis of the condition (communication and swallowing disorders), then after assessment is done the plan and treatment begins.
We care about you! The speech therapy treatment plan will be as unique and individual as you are, and your active participation will be essential for success. Your therapist will develop your treatment plan in close consultation with you and adjust it during the course of therapy in keeping with your goals and personal circumstances. Depending on needs, your child will benefit from speech-language intervention if they present with any of the following:
- Unclear speech or stuttering/stammering
- Hoarse or unusual voice quality
- Difficulties finding words or putting sentences together
- Reliance on gestures and physical actions to communicate
- Is less verbal than other children his/her age
- Frustration due to communication difficulties
- Difficulties paying attention or listening to others
- Difficulties understanding others and following instructions
- Difficulties organizing thoughts into words or writing
- Difficulties with reading comprehension
- Difficulties remembering sounds and words for reading and writing
- Difficulties making friends and mixing socially
- Feeding issues such as difficulties sucking, chewing and swallowing
Lots of kids see speech therapists. It's a great way to learn to speak more clearly. Sometimes a kid has a medical condition that makes speaking more difficult. Kids with the following medical problems might benefit from speech therapy:
- Hearing impairment
- Weak muscles around the mouth
- Cleft lip or palate
- Vocal nodules/ hoarseness
- Breathing disorder
- Swallowing disorder
Speech therapists help people of all ages with different speech and language disorders. Here are some of them:
- Articulation disorders: This when a kid has trouble saying certain sounds or saying words correctly. "Run" might come out as "won." Or "say" may sound like "thay." Lisps are considered articulation disorders.
- Fluency disorders: If a kid repeats certain sounds and has trouble saying the complete word, he or she may have fluency disorder. For example, a kid trying to say "story" might get stuck on the "st" and say "st-st-st-story." Or he or she might draw out certain sounds and say "ssssssstory." A stutter is a fluency disorder.
- Resonance or voice disorders: A kid might have a voice disorder if people have trouble understanding him or her. The kids might start a sentence loud and clear, but it's quiet and mumbling by the end. Sometimes these kids sound like they have a cold or like they're talking through their noses.
- Language disorders: A kid who has trouble understanding people or has trouble putting words together to express thoughts might have a language disorder.