MOSSEL BAY SPEECH AND HEARING

....where we listen

 

Speech and language therapy

Speech Therapists work with a variety of difficulties. From children of all ages all the way to adults. The following lists what to look out for when you feel you might need speech therapy.

Children of all ages: 

·         Language – includes understanding and talking. E.G. if a child is in a school that is their second language, when the child speaks at a lower level than their peers.  

·         Speech – the forming of the sounds when speaking. The child’s speech sounds unclear or may swop one sound for another, e.g. ‘wed’ instead of ‘red’

·         Stuttering – where the sounds or words get suck or are repeated often. E.g. b-b-b-book or bbbbbbbbbbook.  

·         Swallowing and feeding difficulties – babies who have problems sucking and children who don’t want to eat certain types of foods at all.

·         Voice problems – children love to shout and scream. If there is a change in their voices for example it disappears or becomes hoarse when they are not sick.

 ·         Premature babies – those born before term. 

·         Special needs population – for example those who have cerebral palsy, autism, Downs Syndrome. 
 

Adults:
 

·         Strokes – Often after a stroke, the person may have some difficulty with speaking or understanding what others are saying to them.

  

·         Brain injuries – Certain areas in the brain control understanding and speaking. If these areas are affected, speech may not be understood by the person who is listening and their speech may be unclear.

·         Swallowing difficulties – after a stroke of brain injury, there might be difficulty when the person is swallowing.  

·         Stuttering

·         Voice problems - If there is a change in the voice over a period of time, for example it disappears for no reason or if it becomes hoarse when not ill.