SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY (SPEECH PATHOLOGY)
Speech and Language Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on communication. It addresses the following areas:
Articulation difficulties (speech sounds): difficulties producing certain sounds, substituting some sounds for others.
Language difficulties (both understanding spoken and written language, and expressing yourself with language). Difficulties here can have a detrimental effect on our understanding of the world around us, and our ability to participate.
Social skills (pragmatics). Difficulties with language and our ability to understand the world around us often has a flow on effect on our capability to engage socially. This can also lead to low self-esteem and feelings of exclusion.
Behaviour issues (often tied to difficulties with communication in general). Our work here often addresses fundamental issues around emotional regulation (closely tied with Occupation Therapy).