Speech therapy

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The speech therapist examines and rehabilitates speech and speech comprehension disorders, sound disorders, and difficulty swallowing. The goal is for the customer to be able to communicate and act independently and smoothly in everyday life.

Speech therapy services

  • Guidance and counseling
  • Therapy and guidance appointments (including remote consultation and therapy)
  • Group-form rehabilitation
  • Assessing the need for communication tools
  • Rehabilitation assessments of KELA or insurance company customers with severe disabilities, unless their care is the responsibility of specialized care.
  • Expert services (e.g., education and consultation services).

Speech therapy for children

A speech therapist examines and rehabilitates children with difficulties in

  • speech
  • language
  • communication
  • or eating.

In most cases children are referred to speech therapy by a counseling bureau. Parents can also reserve an appointment at speech therapy if they are concerned about their child’s speech and language development or if the child has problems eating. Speech therapy boosts children's speech- and language-development skills and prevents learning difficulties. Language development is supported with the help of different kind of games and tasks.

A speech therapist instructs the parents to observe their child's language activities and to support their development. In addition, a speech therapist instructs actors in the child’s immediate surroundings (e.g., day-care employees) to act in a way that supports the child's language development. When required, a communication tool—for instance, a speech communication album—is chosen together with the speech therapist to support the child’s language development. The speech therapist and parents will together decide on the number and contents of speech-therapy appointments, on the basis of the child's needs.

Speech therapy does not provide services for school-age children with a special reading and writing difficulty: their primary support is arranged by the school and student welfare.

Speech therapy for adults

A speech therapist examines and rehabilitates people with difficulties in

  • producing speech
  • understanding
  • using the voice
  • or swallowing.

Various neurological diseases, stroke or brain damages cause difficulties in communication and swallowing, which may make it difficult to produce speech, find words and/or clearly understand the affected person's speech. Reading and writing may also become difficult.

Difficulties in swallowing take the form of, among others, decelerated eating, difficulty in handling food (chewing, swallowing), food entering the respiratory tract (going down the wrong way), coughing while eating, and weight loss.

People with voice-use problems, stuttering or articulation disorder can also seek speech therapy.

The speech therapist also instructs the customer’s relatives and actors in his or her immediate vicinity. When required, the speech therapist recommends communication tools—such as speech equipment, speech communication album—that support and replace communication, as well as instructs in their use.