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Speech therapy utilises assessment and treatment in the development, recovery and maintenance of speech and language in patients having physical, mental or cognitive disorders.
A speech therapist works to treat and manage a patient suffering from speech impairment and disorders such as apraxia of speech. To this end, a speech therapist collaborates with a language and occupational therapist (a specialist that focuses on the identification and elimination of barriers to independence and participation of individuals in their daily lives).
Conditions requiring speech therapy include stuttering disorders, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, stroke survivors who cannot talk, autistic patients, Word-finding issues (for example due to dementia) and social communication difficulties (how people communicate with others.
Most people who suffer from stuttering find it quite an embarrassing disorder. Speech therapists work with occupational therapists in treating stuttering and other disorders (especially if the conditions have spread to involve other systems such as the muscular system). Early treatment is important in speech therapy for children.
If you are interested to make an appointment with a qualified speech therapist, easily on a mobile or webpage, you can use GetDoc, one of the more comprehensive medical Apps available, to help you find a clinic nearby.