Speech Disorders are a group of disorders that affect the way a person creates sounds or forms words. Voice disorders of certain types may be classified as speech disorders. Apraxia is a speech disorder that is caused by damage to brain parts that correspond to speech, and dysarthria is a speech disorder in which the muscles, face and respiratory system may become weak. Symptoms of Speech Disorders are:
• Repeating sounds
• Adding extra sounds and words
• Elongating words
• Blinking several times while talking
• Visible frustration while talking
• Distorting sounds while talking
HOW IS SPEECH DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of speech disorders is done through Denver Articulation Screening Exam, Early Language Milestones Scale 2 and Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Revised.
HOW IS SPEECH DISORDERS TREATED?
The ENT specialist can recommend seeing a speech therapist. In certain cases of depression, anxiety or other psychological issues arising due to the disorder, the doctor might suggest talk therapy and also prescribe various antidepressant medications.
DID YOU KNOW?
The outlook improves for people who seek early treatment.