Speaking is much more than just facial movement. Experts refer to speaking as “an orchestration of human communication expressing thought, intent, and emotion in a carefully choreographed performance.”
A motor coordination skill, speaking involves more than 100 muscles and an extensive network of brain regions as well as visual input and language perception and production. In simple words, speech is the verbal expression of thoughts. Further, speech acts as a window into the mind, thereby expanding one’s potential to better utilize the technologies to evaluate one’s mental health.
Considering this, speech therapy is used as an innovative technique in different mental health treatment settings to empower people suffering from different mental health problems to express themselves coherently. It is important that the voices of patients struggling with different mental health problems are heard.
Speech therapy may prove useful in situations where people struggle with:
Parents these days are concerned about language and speech problems in their children. While it may not be a serious problem in most cases, an underlying mental health problem like autism may be a possibility in some cases.
A speech disorder is a problem characterized by difficulty in producing or forming certain speech sounds essential for communicating with others, which makes it difficult to understand a verbal message clearly.
Speech disorders may also produce problems including:
A strange oddness in voice, either due to excess air escaping through the nose (hypernasality) or scarce air coming out through the nose (hyponasality)
Children may overcome milder to severe forms of speech problems through speech therapy, which may help the child learn to use their tongue to create certain sounds.
Children with speech problem face difficulties related to speech as well as nonverbal communication. They also struggle with social interactions. That’s where speech therapy can play a significant role. Speech therapy comprises the central part of our treatment program for autism, which helps improve communication and interaction skills in both children and adults.
Our speech therapists at Athena specialize in treating disorders related to language and speech. The therapy may begin by involving people battling autism in the following activities:
With speech therapy, our therapists focus on enabling individuals with autism to: