As an adult who is seeking assistance through speech therapy one of the questions on your mind may be what you can expect to gain from the program – will it help you get rid of your speech impediment? There are several things you ought to know before you go into speech therapy. The first is that it can take a long time to get rid of a speech impediment. You may find that it takes years for you to become a fluent orator, so you shouldn’t go in expecting that you will be fine in a few weeks.
The other is that it is essential to start speech therapy as early as possible. For best results you should be started as a child, as soon as parents notice that there is a problem – the longer it takes to get started, the longer it takes to resolve your impediment. That said, many adults have been able to become fluent speakers by regularly visiting a qualified speech pathologist. Here is what you can expect from your sessions.
Your speech pathologist or therapist will begin by talking to you about your impediment. He will ask you a lot of questions – have you always had it, or did it develop at some point in your life? Does it become more pronounced in certain situations? Are there times when you can speak fluently? Do you have any chronic medical conditions and are you on any medications? All these questions will help the therapist assess the type and severity of impediment you have. Once they have made an assessment, they will talk to you about it and tell you how they plan to go about helping you. If they think that you should be seen by a different kind of specialist they will refer you to one.
Tailored treatment program
No two adults are the same when it comes to speech impediments – you may suffer the same problem as someone else, but the triggers may be completely different. After your initial visit, your speech pathologist will come up with a treatment program that is designed to help you. During each session, you will go through a prescribed series of exercises, and at the end of each, you will be able to assess progress. Don’t be frustrated if it takes a long time to see changes – speech therapy is slow especially when you start as an adult.
Your speech therapist will come up with a list of exercises for you to do in your own time to work on your speech. They may be exercises that you do alone, or they may involve the help of others. It is essential to do as they recommend so that you can get rid of your impediment faster. Exercises may involve things like reading out loud to others, speaking to a group, practicing in front of the mirror and so on. They may seem silly, but they play a part in improving your speech.