Speech production is when speech sounds are put together and produced by a person with an intention of the listener being able to clearly understand what is being said. Production problems occur when people have difficulty with this.
Speech and language therapy can help individuals with production problems by supporting and improving their speech production, with the intention on achieving effective communication.
What are production problems?
Production problems occur when individuals have difficulties producing certain sounds correctly. This may lead to confusion and a person being misunderstood. Difficulties may be with certain speech sounds or with entire words. Production problems may also have an impact on expressive language either spoken or written.
What causes production problems?
- Neurological Problems
- Hearing Loss and Impairments
- Speech Disorders
- Learning Difficulties
- Physical Disabilities
- Head and Neck Cancer
Some causes of production problems are unknown; however some are outlined below:
What difficulties caused by production problems can speech and language therapy help with?
Speech and language therapy can help with the following difficulties arising from production problems:
- Attention and Listening Problems
- Comprehension Problems
- Expressive Language Problems
- Speech Sound Problems
- Eating Drinking and Swallowing Management
How does speech and language therapy help production problems?
Speech and language therapy can help improve production problems, aiming to increase the clarity of speech production. This includes increasing discrimination and production of speech sounds, in words, phrases and sentences. In more severe cases, for example, after a stroke, the speech and language therapist may introduce alternative and augmentative communication i.e. the use of a communication aid.
Benefits of speech and language therapy for individuals with production problems include:
- Increased Social Opportunities
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety
- Developing Social Skills
- Benefits for Family and Friends
- Improving Access to Education
- Help Getting Back to Work
- Increased Independence
What would speech and language therapy treatment for production problems involve?
Speech and language therapy will involve a detailed assessment of speech and language by one of our speech and language therapists, then, the best treatment option for the individual's specific needs will be decided. Speech and language therapy treatment may involve one or all of the following:
- Assessments and Reports
- One to One Therapy
- Clinic visits
- home visits
- Consultative Role
- Consultative Role
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Specific therapy for individuals with production problems can include:
- Articulation therapy
- Alternative and augmentative communication
- Compensatory strategies
- Eating, drinking and swallowing management
An initial assessment will be carried out by one of our speech and language therapists. This will highlight any worries and difficulties concerning communication and speech. It will also provide a chance for you to share any concerns you may have, and allow you to discuss what you would like to work on and improve.
How do I arrange a speech and language therapy assessment?
To arrange a speech and language therapy assessment for someone with production problems please email email@example.com or call 0330 0885 643 and a member of the speech therapy team will be happy to help.
Production problems are individual and specific; they can range from mild to severe and have many causes. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from any of the above services for speech and language therapy then please do not hesitate to contact us. To arrange a speech and language therapy appointment please call 0330 0885 643.
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