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How can I overcome my speech difficulties?

At Speak Fluent, our team of licensed speech-language pathologists provides 1-on-1 speech therapy support for some of the common speech and language disorders, including:

● Stuttering
● Language Disorders
● Speech Sound Disorders

Check out more information about each of the disorders below!

Stuttering

Stuttering is a speech disorder that disrupts the speaker’s normal flow of speech. It usually begins to develop during childhood, and can continue into adulthood if left untreated.


Symptoms

If you repeat sounds and/or words uncontrollably when you speak, you may be a person who stutters. However, stuttering may also sound and feel like:

● Blocked airway
● Freezing in mouth positioning
● Prolonging/stretching out a sound or word
● Difficulty producing certain sounds or words (the idea is in your head, but it just won’t come out of your mouth properly!)
● Feeling out of control with how you speak
● Avoiding certain words or speaking situations that cause stuttering

How Stuttering can Affect Your Social Life

Stuttering can cause communication breakdown, as others may misunderstand you, or struggle to follow your flow of speech and thought process. Stuttering is often mistakenly believed to be caused by social anxiety, but in reality, social anxiety can develop as a result of a lifetime of stuttering, and social situations can worsen stuttering behaviors.

This can have an impact on how you perform in meetings, presentations and job interviews, which can negatively affect your self-esteem and ability to maintain successful relationships.

Treatment Strategies

There are various treatment approaches depending on the individual’s stuttering needs and types. If you struggle with any of the problems above, our speech-language pathologists can provide guided exercises and activities to help you regain fluency and clarity in your speech, including: 


● Exposure therapy
● Breathing and relaxation exercises
● Fluency shaping/speech modification (e.g., practicing slowed speech and more stretched out vowels)



Here is an example of how some fluency shaping strategies could sound for someone who stutters. 

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After

Language Disorders

For adults, a language disorder is common after traumatic brain injury, stroke, or old age. You may also experience the long term effects of a diagnosed or undiagnosed language disorder from childhood. 

You may frequently “forget” a word, sticking to using basic sentences, or have difficulty organizing your thoughts. Other people may have trouble understanding your explanations or stories.

After a stroke or brain injury, you may experience aphasia (language disorder). A common symptom of aphasia is “anomia”, the inability to recall common words. 

Speech Sound Disorders

Common speech sound disorders in adults are lisps (i.e., /s/ and /z/ sound distorted or unclear). However, speech sound disorders may also involve the inability to make other sounds. 

The specific sound and severity can vary wildly within the general population. Speech therapy can help you learn the right way to make a sound so you can speak clearly with confidence. 

Book an assessment with us if you have questions, or aren't sure if the symptoms apply to you!

Disclaimer: the experience of speech and language disorders can vary for each person. The information presented above is intended to provide a general idea of possible symptoms and treatment methods.

What we are best at

Our Areas of Expertise

Adapt your ears and speech to your audience. Be more precise with your pronunciation, intonation and stress patterns.
Control how your voice sounds, including varying volume, quality, pitch and resonance. Improve your verbal delivery to engage your listeners.
Understand verbal and non-verbal cues. Improve your social skills and your ability to build relationships.
Present your best self in meetings and presentations. Speak with impact and clarity by improving how you speak and prepare for presentations.
Explain your ideas with specificity and brevity. Get rid of hesitations and speak with confidence.
Identify areas of improvement for your speech, whether it is pacing, filler words, enunciation, or word choice.
Reduce stuttering, pronounce words clearly, and improve your language ability to express your thoughts clearly.
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