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What is Speech Therapy?

Speech Therapy "works to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults".

(asha.org/students/speech-language-pathologists)

Speech Therapy is performed by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), who is a licensed professional with at least a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders.

Who needs Speech Therapy?

Speech Language Pathologists can work with anyone from Birth to Geriatric. 

Treatment is tailored specifically to the client to meet each persons's individual needs.

Speech Therapy can be provided in homes, hospitals, schools, or outpatient settings. 

Children usually need Speech Therapy because they are not meeting their milesonses as would be expected for their age. An evaluation for a child would compare the child's current status to what is expected for his/her age.

Adults usually require Speech Therapy as a result of illness or injury such as Strokes, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia or Traumatic Brain Injuries, etc.

How would I know if I need Speech Therapy?

If you or a loved one think that Speech Therapy is needed, you can contact Speech Therapy Services of the VI to get more information. 

Speech Therapy Services of the VI can carry out screens (15 to 20 minutes) to help you to see if a full evaluation is warranted.

You can also talk to your doctor about your concerns. A doctor's referral is necessary to be evaluated and treated for Speech Therapy related concerns in the BVI. 

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