Humans' ability to communicate using the vibrations of two tiny vocal folds is one of our most unique abilities. The ability to produce strings of speech using our vocal folds and articulators is a skill often taken for granted. Fluency therapy focuses on enabling speakers to communicate confidently and efficiently in a variety of situations, using a range of fluency enhancing targets. Voice therapy aims to restore a person's use of the voice they feel defines them.
When should I see a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Fluency-related: My child...
repeats words, parts of words, or sounds when they are trying to speak
pauses or seems "stuck" when they are trying to speak
holds on to some sounds for a long time when they are speaking
uses rapid speech that is difficult to understand
Voice-related: My child...
frequently loses their voice
has a raspy, breathy or harsh quality to their voice
often complains of a sore voice
wants to make a change to their voice
has been diagnosed with a vocal pathology and recommended to seek therapy
*Before starting any voice therapy program, an evaluation by an Otolaryngologist (ENT) is strongly recommended.