Speech therapists help adults and children who have speech, language, or swallowing problems. Speech therapy helps people develop better speaking skills by teaching them how to speak clearly and effectively or swallow more safely. It can improve the quality of life for those who need it most. You may have been diagnosed with aphasia, apraxia, or dysphagia. You might have had a stroke, brain injury, or have a disease like Parkinson's disease.
So how do you pick the right speech therapist for what you need?
1. Find out what type of therapy they offer
Do they offer articulation therapy or language therapy? Do they include cognitive therapy? They will likely ask you a little bit about your history so they can get an idea of what they might do in therapy.
2. Ask about their experience
Do they primarily work with kids? Or is their focus adults? Do they have experience working with someone with your needs and diagnoses?
3. Check their reviews online
It's great to read both the positive and negative reviews to find out if they are a good match for you and your needs.
4. Find out what programs they offer
Sometimes SLP's will offer special intensive programs or camps during the year that are excellent ways to get intensive practice for speech and language.
Finally, don't forget that you can always search for another speech therapist if the first one you choose isn't a perfect fit. You can keep searching and trying different things until you find just what you need.