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4 Fundy Road
Falmouth, ME
 

Ms. Catherine Chojnowski's specialty is speech therapy. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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43 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

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650 Main Street; Suite 202
South Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

Mr. Mark Hammond is a speech therapist in Portland, ME. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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75 Washington Avenue; Suite 300
Portland, ME
 

Ms. Katherine Noyes specializes in speech therapy. Ms. Noyes takes Medicare insurance.

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

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2 Davis Point Lane; Unit 1a
Cape Elizabeth, ME
 

Ms. Sara Gooch is a speech therapist. She honors Medicare insurance.

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735 Highland Avenue
South Portland, ME
 

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901 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street
Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

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222 Auburn Street; Suite 1g
Portland, ME
 

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26 Portland Street
Portland, ME
 

Ms. Kacie Szemela's specialty is speech therapy. She honors Medicare insurance.

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75 W Commercial Street; Northeast Hearing and Speech, Suite 205
Portland, ME
 

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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.