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Speech-language therapy is the rehabilitative or corrective treatment of physical and / or cognitive deficits resulting in difficulty with communication (speech and language) and / or swallowing. Communication includes speech, language and non-verbal communication such as facial expression and gestures.

 

At Priya Pillay Speech-Language Therapist, we focus on assessing and treating speech, language, communication, voice, feeding and swallowing problems in people of all ages. Through our programs, we empower our patients to function to the best of their ability. We work directly with the patient, and also provide support to the patient's family and guardians, in the form of coping mechanisms, and counseling advice. We will also work alongside the patient's teachers and or doctors, to ensure that all practices and procedures follow a professional and holistic approach. 

 

Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, our treatments range from oral strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice and drilling, to the use of audio-visual aids and introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication. Our speech therapy methods also include the use of augmentative or alternate means of communication, such as sign language and the use of picture symbols.

We treat a wide range of patients within our practice, and we handle each case individually to provide the best care and service ​to each of our clientele. Below is a summary of our pediatric and adult services. 

PAEDIATRIC:

  • Speech and language delay

  • Congenital disorders and Syndromes (Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, etc)

  • Autism

  • Cleft lip and/or palate

  • Stuttering

  • Voice disorders

  • Infants with difficulty sucking and feeding orally

  • Language learning difficulty

  • Paediatric CVA and head injury

  • Tracheostomy patients

ADULT:

  • Voice and laryngectomy

  • Cancer of the mouth and throat

  • Stroke

  • Head injury

  • Neurologic diseases (Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease)

  • Dementia (including Alzheimers Disease)

  • Stuttering

  • Tracheostomy patients

Many of our patients, as well as our patient's loved ones, will get in touch to find out more information on speech and language disorders. Below are some frequently asked questions, to assist you in sourcing the right information for yourself, or your loved ones. 

WHAT ARE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS?

"Speech can be described as an act of producing voice through the use of the vocal folds and vocal apparatus to create a linguistic act designed to convey information” (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., February 2007).

"A language is a system, used to communicate, comprised of a set of symbols and a set of rules (or grammar) by which the manipulation of these symbols is governed. These symbols can be combined productively to convey new information, distinguishing languages from other forms of communication”

WHAT ARE SWALLOWING/FEEDING DISORDERS?

Dysphagia is a medical term defined as "difficulty swallowing." It is a sensation that suggests difficulty in the passage of solids or liquids from the mouth to the stomach.”

WHAT ARE VOICE DISORDERS AND LARYNGECTOMY?

“The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying and screaming. The vocal folds in combination with the lips, the tongue, the lower jaw, and the palate, are capable of producing highly intricate arrays of sound. Voice disorders are medical conditions affecting the production of speech” e.g. vocal fold nodules spasmodic dysphonia, etc. (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., July 2006).

WHAT IS STUTTERING?

“Stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases; and involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds.”

WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC)?

This refers to methods employed by individuals to communicate (not via speech) with others.

AAC can be:

  1. Aided: where some kind of device (external) is used. These devices usually use symbols that one would choose in order to convey a message.

  2. Unaided: which includes gestures, facial expressions, sign language, eye gaze, pointing, etc, which are used daily by all of us.