"I contacted Christine holm in June of 2017 to give my 5 year old speech therapy. My 5 year old has a rare genetic condition. She came, gave her evaluation, agreed to take him on her schedule. I spent hours on the phone with my insurance getting her approved for in-network benefits. 2 weeks after the initial evaluation, and on the day she was scheduled to come give the first lesson, she calls at 5 am cancelling and saying she couldn’t see him at all, ever. I tried repeatedly to get ahold of her to find out what the issue was only to have her block and ignore my calls and messages. Fast forward to present. I have a 22 month old that i wanted to get into speech therapy so i contacted Boone county birth the three program. Imagine my surprise when i saw her name as the speech pathologist that was scheduled to come to my home. I was standing outside in the driveway watching her pull up when she stopped, backed her black minivan up, all while i was waiving at her, and drove off. She then called her office and said she had to cancel because of a family situation. Just a heads up regarding the kind of person she is. She’s very unprofessional and just down right rude."
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.