Speech therapists work with children and adults who struggle with a broad range of disorders and delays pertaining to speech and language. For example, a speech therapist can help a patient who struggles with receptive language disorders, which involve difficulties with processing language, in addition to expressive language disorders, which involve problems with the use of language. Speech therapists can help those who struggle with stuttering and other fluency disorders, articulation problems, and voice disorders. These professionals can even help those who have swallowing and feeding disorders.
The format of each speech therapy session is personalized to meet the unique needs of the patient. First, the therapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs and areas of impairment. Then, he or she will use a variety of strategies to build skills. For example, those who have trouble forming the “r” sound will learn how to move the oral structures properly for that particular sound. Patients can expect repetition of skill-building activities. For children, speech therapists use a variety of games and other fun activities to help engage them in the therapy session.
The speech therapists of Memorial Hospital of Tampa provide a continuum of services within a supportive environment. Florida residents who have general healthcare questions are invited to contact the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.