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Specializes in Speech Therapy
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy, Rehabilitative Services
8254 118th Avenue; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Ms. Susan Biro practices speech therapy and rehabilitative services in Largo, FL. Ms. Biro accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
12701 126th Avenue; Lot 49
Largo, FL
 

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12635 109th Street
Largo, FL
 

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3500 Oak Manor Lane
Largo, FL
 

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4902 Creekside Drive
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1811 Juanita Court
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
9500 134th Way
Seminole, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
4 Bluff View Drive
Belleair, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
13575 58th N St 200
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
8254 118th Avenue North; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
14141 46th Street N; Suite 1202
Clearwater, FL
 

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Specializes in Speech Therapy, Rehabilitative Services
1862 Castle Woods Drive
Clearwater, FL
 

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6634 79th Avenue
Pinellas Park, FL
 

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7380 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL
 

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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.