Paper: Speech Therapy Gives Hope to Those Who Needed Them

Speech therapy is always purposeful. A clinician employs techniques because they are felt to be useful in guiding a person toward a particular end or goal. The objective of therapy stated by Williams is "To encourage the positive learning experiences and the kinds of attitudes and beliefs that result in normal speech." There are over one million stutterers in the United States and over fifteen million in the world. About eight out of every one thousand persons stutter. The word "stutter" is commonly used as though it meant, “hesitating and stumbling over words." Essential characteristics of stuttering in addition to such aspects as the degree of fluency or the amount of muscle tension or strain are the person's relevant feelings and motivations. Clinical services should be designed not only to increase so far as may be the desired fluency of their speech, but also to improve their feelings about their speech. However, your speech therapists are not able to guarantee to cure your stuttering. The main reason for this is that whether you improve, and how much and how rapidly, depends in part on conditions beyond his control. It depends largely on the patient - their attitudes toward the problem, their understanding of it, their work habits, and their desire to improve. No procedure should be used indiscriminately with every case. The individual is treated, not the problem. Timing is also important. An activity that is appropriate at one point may be inappropriate at another. Likewise, the same technique may be used at different times to accomplish different goals. The school system is a place where students are treated regularly for speech problems. Speech pathologist test students on a regular basis for speech disorders. Furthermore, just how effective is speech therapy....