What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a broad field that focuses on assessing and treating speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. The goal? To help individuals communicate effectively and independently. But what does this look like for different age groups and conditions? Let’s explore.

What is Speech Therapy for Toddlers?

Early intervention is crucial in speech therapy, and toddlers often benefit greatly from these services. For toddlers, speech therapy might involve play-based activities designed to stimulate language development, teach key communication skills, or correct speech sound errors. Therapists also coach parents on strategies to support their toddler’s language development at home (ASHA, n.d.).

What is Speech Therapy for Children?

As children grow, their communication needs evolve. For school-aged children, speech therapy can address a range of issues, from articulation and fluency disorders to reading and writing difficulties. Therapy sessions might involve interactive language activities, articulation therapy, or exercises to enhance social communication skills.

What is Speech Therapy for Adults?

Adults may seek speech therapy for various reasons, including recovering speech and language skills after a stroke, managing voice disorders, or modifying accents. Therapy might involve exercises to improve clarity or volume of speech, cognitive-communication activities, or techniques for accent modification.

What is Speech Therapy for Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often impact communication skills. Speech therapists work with individuals with ASD to address these challenges. This could involve teaching non-verbal communication strategies, enhancing social interaction skills, or using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices to aid expression (ASHA, n.d.).

At Red Deer Speech Therapy, our experienced speech-language pathologists are equipped to provide speech therapy to individuals across all ages and conditions. Whether it’s a toddler taking their first words, a child struggling with articulation, or an adult seeking to regain their communication skills, we’re here to help.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Speech-Language Therapy. www.asha.org/public/speech/therapy/

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Autism (Practice Portal). www.asha.org/practice-portal/clinical-topics/autism/