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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1755 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
(863) 680-7000

Ms. Julie Barrientes' area of specialization is speech therapy. Ms. Barrientes is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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1430 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
(863) 680-7700

Ms. Jennifer Barr's specialty is speech therapy. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1215 E.orange Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 802-3800

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3020 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

Ms. Kristen Garcia practices speech therapy in Lakeland, FL. She honors Medicare insurance.

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3020 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

Ms. Erin Harrison's area of specialization is speech therapy. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1215 E Orange Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 802-3800

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
3011 Forest Drive
Lakeland, FL
(863) 513-5119

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
3310 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
(863) 802-6600

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1010 Carpenters Way
Lakeland, FL
(863) 815-0488

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
716 E Bella Vista Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 683-6504

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
710 E Bella Vista Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

Ms. Tina Bell practices speech therapy in Lakeland, FL. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1430 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
(863) 680-7700

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
3020 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
710 E Bella Vista Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
710 E Bella Vista Street
Lakeland, FL
(863) 686-3189

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
3310 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
(863) 802-6600

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What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a treatment that helps people of all ages who have problems speaking and using language. The professionals who provide speech therapy are called speech and language pathologists, or sometimes just speech therapists. Speech therapy is often associated with children, and many kids do need extra help overcoming speech disorders such as a lisp or a stutter. However, older patients also often rely on speech services, for instance after a stroke.

The issues that are treated in speech therapy can be broadly broken down into three main categories. They are:
  • Speech disorders, which affect the voice and the ability to form sounds properly or speak fluently. Examples include dysarthria, stuttering, and vocal cord polyps.
  • Language disorders, which are problems with either saying or understanding spoken words. Examples include autism and pragmatic (social) language disorders.
  • Swallowing disorders, including drooling and difficulty swallowing. Since speech therapy involves treatment for the muscles of the mouth and throat, some swallowing disorders can be treated by speech therapists.

The way speech therapy is conducted depends greatly on the age and needs of the patient being served. Therapy may be conducted one-on-one, in a small group, or in a classroom. Standardized testing is often used to evaluate speech. Depending on the patient, therapy may include games, conversation, role playing and storytelling, flash cards, or singing. The speech therapist sometimes assigns exercises for the patient to practice at home.

There are many causes for speech disorders, and they are surprisingly common. Speech therapy is an effective treatment that helps these patients communicate their thoughts and feelings with others.
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