What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech Disorders, Language Disorders, and Feeding Disorders

A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds. A language disorder refers to a problem understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.


Speech disorders:

Articulation disorders refers to difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said.

Fluency disorders refers to problems such a stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted.

Voice or resonance disorders refers to difficulties with voice quality, pitch, and volume. 


Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:

Receptive language difficulties may result in difficulties understanding or processing of language.

Expressive language disorders may result in difficulties putting words together, demonstrating limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.


Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks.