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Disorders that Require Speech Therapy?

Speech is an integral part of communication and without clear speech and voice, people find it hard to fit into the society. It makes them suffer from self-esteem issues along with many communication complexities as well. It may be inborn or caused by a physical injury, a disease or a disorder the person might be suffering from (e.g. stroke, autism, neurological issues etc). This is where a speech therapist can come to help.

Who needs speech therapy?
Voice, pitch, phonation, articulation, breathing, are all parts of speech. Problem with either one of them can affect the quality of the speech. So who really needs Speech Therapy Owings Mills MD?

People with voice disorders
These kinds of disorders occur when something causes the voice to sound breathy, harsh, and/or may affect its pitch and loudness too. Even speech therapy can be used to help with the voice’s resonance which may make people sound as if they are talking through their nose. The voice disorders often cause irritation and discomfort.

People with speech disorders
These problems may be inborn or caused due to some impairments in the vocal channels of the human body. In some cases of impairments that are affecting the speech, a surgical intervention is often needed which is followed by extensive speech therapy to help with the speech issues. Some of the most common speech disorders include articulation, dysarthria, fluency, oral feeding, and apraxia.

People with language disorders
Language disorders often causes problems in listening, expressing, and even remembering words. The speech therapy in such cases should be individualized, targeting the language needs and the condition of the person.

If you are looking for Speech Therapy Owings Mills MD then log in to our website. We provide a variety of speech therapy programs to adults and children.

Cleft Lip and Palate Therapy

A cleft lip or cleft palate occurs when either the upper lip doesn’t close properly or the palates inside your baby’s mouth don’t bond correctly during your baby’s gestation period. Speech impediments and feeding problems can occur depending on the severity of the cleft. Many parents opt for cleft surgery after birth and in turn, the child does not experience impediments, however if the cleft is not visible you may not see signs of a problem until later on.

A palate cleft can make feeding difficult because there could be a clear opening between the nose and mouth, which means milk could end up in the wrong place. Through therapy you can relearn how to feed your baby so that doesn’t happen, a very common mistake is allowing a child to lay flat on his back when drinking the milk – this should never happen, cleft palate or not.

As your child begins down the road to speech you may notice something curious about the tone of her voice. She may speak in a nasal tone which is one of the indications of a cleft palate. She may begin to develop incorrect ways of breathing and placing her tongue when making sounds due to the cleft. Speech-language therapy helps in correcting speech issues related to cleft lip and palate through teaching her how to correctly formulate sounds and breathe while doing so.


A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder deserves the same chance as any other child to play a part in the social fabric of our world. However, having autism means your child’s very ability to communicate with the outside world can be limited. This is where speech therapy can help. Parents often come to me with concerns such as:

  • My child cannot speak
  • My child makes strange sounds and yells for no reason
  • My child echoes everything I say
  • I cannot communicate with my child
  • I cannot understand what my child is saying

These concerns are of course troubling but addressing them is the first step toward providing your child a chance to be a part of our social world. We will tackle both verbal and nonverbal communication during therapy, since both forms are important in connecting with the environment and other people.

Therapy will be based upon the severity of the communication problem.If speech is difficult for your child than we will start off with other forms of communication to get the ball rolling, such as using pictures to communicate. We can also use electronic Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices that produce audio output based upon what your child inputs.

However, if speech is not the problem but rather the nuances of language than this requires a different approach. Therapy may include helping your child with the social use of language. As speech-language pathologists we are trained on the pragmatics and semantics of language.


Voice Therapy

The ability to use your voice in an effective manner is essential for both business and personal relationships. Voice disorders can make it difficult for people to feel confident about themselves and their ideas, but with some voice therapy you can learn how to control your voice and change the way the world hears you.

Voice disorders include Vocal Cord Dysfunction which is when the vocal cords close when they should be open and in turn give you a scratchy-sounding voice. Chronic coughing and chronic hoarseness are both tough on your vocal cords and make it difficult to carry conversations or conduct presentations. Speech therapy can assist you in managing your voice by learning the right way to breathe and also how to relax your throat in order to produce the voice you want people to hear.

Articulation Therapy

Articulation Therapy

Children say the cutest things like, “Can I pleathe hab a cookie.” Stuff like that is cheek-pinch worthy however this is a sign of a problem and should be addressed early in order to prevent a habit from forming. If you notice your child omitting letters, adding letters or substituting letters in words, an assessment with an SLP is a good idea. This sort of speech issue can be solved a lot more easily the earlier it is addressed.

We Travel To You!

In our years of experience, we have seen significant treatment results when we are able to work with patients in their own environments. Traveling to the patient allows us to interact and work with them in a comfortable and familiar setting, which produces optimal results. Another benefit of having mobile therapists, is that we have an opportunity to communicate with the primary healthcare providers, which enables us to work effectively within the targets set for the patient.

Looking Forward to Hearing From You!

My team and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. You have my personal and professional promise that we will work with you, with the utmost commitment, to provide the best possible care and treatment for your patients.

Yasminah Abdullah, M.S., CCC-SLP