Many adults have experienced communication difficulty their whole lives, while others find themselves facing challenges for the first time later in life. These difficulties come in many forms including stuttering, voice problems, articulation difficulties, swallowing disorders, and dysarthria, just to name a few. These problems can be the results of accidents, illness, or injury. They may also be the result of an unresolved condition from childhood.
If you are an adult with a communication challenge, seeking the help of a licensed speech-language pathologist is the most efficient way to improve your communication abilities and regain or enhance your quality of life.
Will therapy work for me?
Therapy can be very helpful, but its success is dependent on a number of factors including: the severity of your problem, your commitment level, your therapist’s skills, any underlying psychological or learning issues, and the amount of time you can dedicate to practicing new skills.
From this list of factors that can impact treatment, you can see that no single approach will be effective for every person. Laura Smith has years of experience that allow her to tailor treatment to meet each individual’s particular concerns, strengths, and weaknesses.
Speech therapy for adults is akin to coaching. This collaboration with your therapist will focus on activities and exercises aimed at improving the way you communicate and/or swallow.
The TALK Difference
“I wanted you to know that I was just hired for a new job as a financial analyst. It’s a wonderful change for me, and I feel very strongly that without your help in correcting my speech it wouldn’t have happened. The job requires interaction with upper (CEO, CFO, etc) and middle management about various financial initiatives. At the age of 48 it’s hard enough to change career paths, let alone overcome the added burden of a speech difficulty. There is no doubt in my mind that having clear speech was a huge plus to my getting the position and being successful in it.”
Targeting the adult learner
Laura is experienced in establishing appropriate therapeutic goals and providing effective coaching methods that are specifically designed for adults. The principals of adult learning that she relies on include:
- Engaging the learner
- Facilitating meaningful experiences
- Asking questions
- Introducing theory when appropriate
- Giving and explaining feedback
- Setting up and monitoring a practice schedule
- Encouraging evaluation along the way
Overcoming your communication challenges will increase your confidence, help you regain or increase your independence, remove obstacles that may have seemed insurmountable, and effectively improve your overall quality of life.
Help is available!
Laura Smith, licensed speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist, is specially trained to assist children and adults in overcoming their communication challenges. Her holistic approach takes into account the person as well as the problem.
Talk SLP LLC offices are located in the Northgate area of Seattle and on Mercer Island, allowing us to serve individuals and families throughout the greater Seattle region of Washington state. Telepractice appointments are also available, where clients can receive consultation and therapy services using online tools.
Contact us for more information or to make an appointment.