Looking to improve your speech skills and be better understood? SLN speech therapy can help! We will help you learn to coordinate your speech systems to better produce the sounds to form words and sentences, including articulation, fluency and voice volume regulation.
The SLN can help with all variety of speech delays, including:
1. Speech (articulation therapy for adults)
Speech (Articulation) therapy for adults helps with the precision of speech learning the correct way to say difficult sounds and improving clarity. Many adults struggle with their sounds and regular speech therapy can help.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty producing the r, s, l and z sounds
- Tongue thrust / oral motor difficulties
- Troubles be understood 100% of the time
2. Acquired Apraxia of Speech (common after stroke, brain injury or progressive neurological disorders)
Inability to translate speech plans into motor activity. Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty imitating and producing speech sounds
- Inconsistent speech errors
- Groping of the tongue and lips to make specific sounds and words
- Slow speech rate
- Impaired rhythm and intonation
3. Dysarthria (common after stroke/brain injury)
Problems with muscular control that affect speech production. May result in:
- Limited articulatory movement (slurred speech)
- Slow rate or rapid rate of speech
- Changes in vocal quality – soft (whisper like speech), hoarseness, nasal sounding
- Drooling and swallowing difficulties
Looking to get your stutter under control? The Speech-Language Network provides intervention and treatment that can help.
In addition to targeting the speech mechanism (i.e. learning to control breathing, using light touches with articulators, etc.) and slowing the rate of speech, therapy often includes addressing feelings and emotions associated with stuttering.
Voice disorders include inappropriate pitch, quality, intonation, loudness and/or complete voice loss. These conditions may result from damage to the vocal cords due to surgery, misuse of the voice, disease, or other conditions such as cerebral palsy, hearing impairment or cleft palate.
Voice therapy may include:
- Increasing awareness of good vocal hygiene
- Reducing/stopping abusive vocal behaviours
- Direct voice treatment to alter pitch, loudness and proper breath support for good voicing
- Relaxation exercises and stress reduction techniques
- Improving the understanding of the emotional content of speech (using tone, inflection, etc to convey meaning)
Note: Voice disorders may be functional or organic in nature. Therefore, a medical referral is required prior to initiating therapy. All possible medical conditions need to be reviewed and/or ruled out before therapy is begun.
When people pay more attention to how you speak than what you say it can be a frustrating barrier to effective communication. Learn to refine your pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and more while improving English grammar and communication skills.
Starting with a diagnostic assessment, the SLN will creates a personalized accent and voice training program to meet your needs and time constraints that will help you achieve communication clarity.
Have trouble understanding and expressing language? Learn to improve your use of language through verbal and written methods, as well as alternative communication systems such as social media, computers and tablets with the help of the SLN.
Language treatment goals and objectives are created based on formal and informal assessments to pinpoint where specific language breakdowns are occurring. The SLN can assist with a wide range of language challenges, including both delays and acquired disorders.
1. Language Therapy
Adults may require language therapy due to a specific diagnosis which directly affects their language skills (such as specific language impairment, autism, Down syndrome or hearing loss) and/or a developmental delay.
Adults may also require language therapy due to stroke, closed head injury, traumatic brain injury and/or other neurogenic/degenerative diseases.
A language disorder can affect any of the following:
- Spoken language expression and comprehension
- Reading and writing
- Understanding humour
2. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
AAC is a set of strategies and tools used to help individuals (often with severe speech and/or language difficulties) enhance their ability to express themselves.
The SLN offers AAC consultation, family support and treatment for both unaided (gesture, body language or sign language) and aided (paper and pencil, picture systems, speech generating devices) communication systems.