Speech Therapy in North Carolina
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a specialized form of treatment that aims to address communication issues and related problems like swallowing or articulation. A certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Coastal Speech Therapy in North Carolina works with children and adults, creating a custom speech therapy treatment plan which can involve exercises designed to strengthen muscles used for speech, activities that teach skills and encourage communication, and sometimes aids or devices that make it easier to communicate.
Coastal Speech Therapy’s SLPs work with kids and adults of all ages and can help with a variety of speech, language, and feeding-related conditions in North Carolina. These include apraxia, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, stuttering, and other disorders.
Common Speech Therapy Diagnoses
Speech therapy can help children and adults with a wide variety of disorders and problems. Some of the most common are articulation disorders, dysarthria, stuttering, expressive disorders, and fluency disorders.
An articulation disorder causes the lips, tongue, and throat to make different sounds than they should, such as substituting, omitting or distorting word sounds like tat for cat or cu for cup. Fluency disorders, like stuttering, can disrupt the flow of speech, and interrupt intended thoughts, making communication difficult. Children and adults who stutter can benefit from speech therapy to ease their discomfort and build confidence. It’s also known to eliminate stuttering entirely, helping people with this condition speak more fluently and clearly.
In addition to addressing communication and swallowing issues, speech therapy helps kids with cerebral palsy develop social skills and learn how to interact with others, which can improve their quality of life. It can also help them to eat and drink normally, which ensures proper nutrition and growth.
How Speech Therapy in North Carolina Helps Kids and Adults
Coastal Speech Therapy has various locations in North Carolina that specialize in speech treatments for children and adults with various communication issues. Our SLPs will assist both children and adults with custom treatment plans built on current techniques to help them with pragmatic speech disorders, articulation delays, phonological dysarthria, and feeding problems.
While both children and adults can benefit from speech therapy in North Carolina, there are a few differences in activities and exercises that may be used in order to properly treat each patient. Children participating in speech therapy will often include language activities aimed at stimulating development through correct pronunciation, repetition, and the usage of picture books. Feeding and swallowing therapy allows our SLPs to work closely with children to learn to strengthen the muscles in their mouths and assist them in successfully communicating with their peers. Adult speech therapy may include a different treatment plan using various techniques like social communication, breathing exercises, and mouth and swallowing exercises.
Benefits of Speech Therapy
Licensed speech-language pathologists in North Carolina make positive differences in people who struggle with communication disorders. They help kids and adults think, speak, communicate, and swallow more easily. They also work with family members to provide support and guidance. Speech therapy helps children develop a better voice, improve articulation and phonology, manage cleft palate and palatal anomalies, correct swallowing problems, and reduce stuttering. This allows them to successfully communicate and interact with friends, teachers, and siblings.
Coastal Speech Therapy in North Carolina provides speech impediment treatments in the Wilmington, Beulaville, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Nashville, and Smithfield areas for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults. Our clinic specializes in apraxia, articulation delays, phonological disorders, cleft lip and palate, hearing loss, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and more.