What Is A Speech Disorder?

What Is A Speech Disorder?

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What is a Speech Disorder or Speech Impairment?

Speech is impaired when it deviates so far from the speech of other people that it –

  1. calls attention to itself
  2. interferes with communication
  3. provokes distress in the speaker or listener

The above definition has been given by Van Riper & Erickson.

BREAKING DOWN ‘Speech Disorder’

The above definition can be viewed in 3 parts. The first part indicates that speech is so different that of other people that it calls attention to itself or is conspicuous. It varies so much that everyone notices it.

For e.g – A 2 year old saying “lellow” for “lellow” would not be viewed as a speech disorder because most toddlers at 2 years would be making that error, but an adult who said ‘lellow’ would be speaking up in an abormal way. Read here about some myths about children learning to talk.In some cultures speaking in a nasal voice is considered alright, while in some others a very nasal way of speaking can be considered deviant and might call attention. Most of us sometimes hesitate to talk but we are not all considered to be stuttering.

In the second part of the above definition, speech can be impaired if it interferes with communication or is difficult to understand.  We speak to communicate our thoughts and ideas. If our ideas are not understood by the listener then the communication process breaks down and the purpose of speaking isn’t solved.If a speaker cant communicate his ideas and messages clearly, we might feel he has a speech disorder. For e.g. – A 12 year old saying “mute paapi peepa ae”  for “mujhe paani peena hai” ( Hindi for I want to drink water) is unclear speech and hence a disorder.

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The last part of the above definition highlights that speech an be impaired if it provokes stress in the speaker or listener that is it is unpleasant to both the speaker and listener. For e.g people with cluttering can be so fast and unclear that the listener can get stressed and feel unpleasant. People with stuttering can be very stressed themselves while speaking.

Speech Therapy in India

Do you or your child need professional help and speech therapy ( Speech Therapy in India )? Read here to find out.

Why do you need speech and language therapist?   

Speech and language therapy, which is provided by speech therapists or speech-language pathologists, can help with problems with speaking, language, and swallowing. Because of the ease and convenience and opportunities for more family engagement, Speech Therapy Online is becoming extensively popular. Parents or caregivers can attend the session and observe what is going on, as well as receive advice from the therapists on how to help their child.

Online speech therapy can treat a wide range of speech and language impairments, including articulation difficulties, fluency disorders, and any other disorder related to Aphasia and Dysarthria.

 Your child will benefit more from online speech therapy with video interfacing and interactive tools. People in remote areas with little or no access to speech therapists can book online sessions with Best Speech Therapist India through online speech therapy platforms. Clients with mobility limitations may benefit from online speech therapy at home. Both children and adults can benefit from speech therapy.

Speech Therapy at the 1SpecialPlace

Our personalized Online speech therapy works for people of all ages and ailments, and it’s also convenient and fun. In fact, our customers tell us that they don’t feel like they’re doing “therapy work” throughout their sessions. Speech is how you express yourself; it’s what we hear. Language is not only what you wish to convey; it is also what we believe. When you have excellent speech and language, you can fully express yourself and connect with people. We’ll collaborate with you to create your own specialized strategy and uncover your most effective communication.

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