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Voice Fluency and Disorders

How do we define fluency in speech therapy?

As defined by the (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA], 1993), “A fluency disorder is an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by atypical rate, rhythm, and disfluencies (e.g., repetitions of sounds, syllables, words, and phrases; sound prolongations; and blocks), which may also be accompanied by excessive tension, speaking avoidance, struggle behaviors, and secondary mannerisms.”

For anyone having challenges with speech through uncontrollable repetition, prolonged sounds or abnormal stops that disrupts communication, voice therapy is the best treatment to attain a fluent speech or communication level. We focus on behaviors that enable patients to control their speaking rate and use proper breathing techniques for ease of speech.

What causes a voice disorder?

There are a variety of issues that can cause voice disorders and each of them requires a unique treatment. Issues like irritants, growths and coal cord injuries can be treated with voice therapy with improvement in natural speech, quality of speech, loudness and pitch. Voice therapy is regularly prescribed as a successful alternative to surgeries. After which vocal hygiene programs are done to avoid future occurrences.