One of the challenges a select population of the world has is to overcome speech disorders. The section we are referring to is a whopping 5% in the case of children.
The good news is that they can be treated; speech therapy is a proven method to overcome speech disorders and the earlier it is diagnosed and treated the faster is the recovery.
Having said that, we are faced with a question and that is “does Speech therapy needs physical visits to the therapists or do speech therapy exercises at home help?” We will have a detailed discussion to gauge as to how speech therapy can be done from the comforts of one’s home effectively.
What Is A Speech Disorder?
Whether developed during childhood or acquired later, speech disorder is a condition when a person cannot produce the exact sound needed to form words. The most common form of speech disorder found in children and adults is stuttering or stammering.
Other types of speech disorders to name a few are apraxia (A neurological disorder where the brain gives the command but the person cannot execute the instructions) and dysarthria (a motor speech disorder affecting oral and facial muscles). In speech disorders, the vocal cords, muscles, and nerves get affected.
What Conditions Cause Speech Disorders?
There are a few other types of medical conditions that also cause speech disorders. For example, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or, dementia.
Nonetheless, the disorders require treatment, because going forward it can affect the quality of life of an individual and also cause self-esteem issues.
How Are Speech Therapy Exercises At Home Beneficial?
Research proves that a higher number or more frequent speech and language therapy sessions help people to recover faster. It may not be convenient for everyone to visit the therapist’s clinic on a daily basis; generally, the clinic visits are restricted to two or three times a week.
It is advisable that parents should continue with the simple speech therapy exercises and activities that will contribute to the therapy at the clinic. The home exercises or activities can be planned with the help of the therapist. Speech therapy exercises include interaction through talking, teaching certain sounds, games, articulation therapy, language intervention activities.
For adults, therapy includes certain memory stimulation-oriented activities through which their cognitive skills improve. This also includes breathing exercises. Certain exercises also help in improving the oral muscles. The Speech Language Pathologist has to assess and design a plan to treat their patients.
There will be a different plan and strategy for each individual and all cannot be treated using the same method or exercise schedule. The success ratio of children vs adults is about 2:1, given the fact that the detection in children is earlier and their parents also supervise in making sure that the therapy is done properly.
Below are some of the advantages of online speech therapy exercises.
Online Speech Therapy OR Tele-therapy Using Internet
We cannot undermine the effectiveness of the physical presence of a therapist near a patient. But, given the busy lives that people lead and also due to the external factors where commuting can be an issue. Virtual therapy has become the preferred method during the Covid-19 pandemic and will be popular thereafter.
A remote therapy using the internet is helpful as it has become very affordable and accessible, and that is why it is very easy to connect to a therapist virtually. It may take some time for an individual to adjust to the virtual method of therapy but let us look at the advantages of doing speech therapy at home under the able guidance of a speech language therapist.
Comforts Of Own House
The world is moving at a very fast pace, and people don’t have time. For parents juggling between two jobs or between a full-time job and house chores, it is very stressful to physically visit the therapist. With easy access to the internet, children can sit within the comfort of their homes along with their parents and interact with the therapist on their computer or mobile screen.
Improves Cognitive Skills
When doing exercises using the virtual medium, the cognitive skills of the person improves further as it instills a habit of paying attention to details. This further improves the cognitive skills of the person undergoing the therapy.
Some children are a wee bit shyer than others; they are not very active and outspoken in a group and prefer a one to one session with their therapist. Online speech therapy gives them the advantage of more attention from the therapist.
Cost-Effective, Save On Those Extra Charges!!!
Online therapies are slightly less expensive than physical visits. A dime saved is always a dime that can be used later for other activities.
The lack of speech therapy can impact the day to day life of children and adults alike. We all want a better life and environment for them. There should be a continuation and regularity in the speech therapy exercises for children, if regular visits to the therapist’s clinic are inconvenient, connect with your speech language therapist and discuss the home therapy options