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?
Denver articulation screening test is the most common diagnostic test to screen Speech Disorders. Ear-nose-throat specialists also conduct Peabody Picture Vocabulary test to confirm diagnosis of Speech Disorders.
HOW IS SPEECH DISORDERS TREATED?
Mild Speech Disorders may require only speech therapy to improve speech. Speech therapist may prescribe special exercises that strengthen face and throat muscles. Controlled breathing is also another way of improving Speech Disorders.
DID YOU KNOW?
The outlook improves for people who seek early treatment.