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Specializes in Speech Therapy
211 Harborview S
Lawrence, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
73 6th Street
Garden City Park, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
998 Van Buren Avenue
Franklin Square, NY
 

Ms. Jessica Nicholas-Ragno specializes in speech therapy. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
1746 Belmont Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
506 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY
 

Ms. Ena Levin practices speech therapy. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Speech Therapy
373 Westminster Road
Cedarhurst, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
11536 149th Street
Jamaica, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
619 June Court
Valley Stream, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
71 S Central Avenue; Suite 303
Valley Stream, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
417 Woodland Drive
South Hempstead, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
13742 Southgate Street
Springfield Gardens, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
245 Pepperidge Road
Hewlett, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
313 Carvel Avenue
Cedarhurst, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
832 Keene Lane
Woodmere, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
Donahue Avenue
Inwood, NY
 

Specializes in Speech Therapy
18508 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY
 

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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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