About how speech pathology can help
Speaking involves a number of distinct processes which result in audible sounds. Communication is the act of transferring information through verbal messages, the written word, or more subtle, non-verbal signals. Verbal communication involves all the processes of human vocal sound production.
The processes of human sound production include:
- Phonation – Phonation is also called voice, which is the production of audible sound by vibratory simulation of the vocal cords.
- Resonance – Resonance is the oscillation of variable amplitudes produced at a given frequency of sound. The results of which characterize a voice as deep or high.
- Intonation – Intonation relates to the variation of spoken pitch.
Where speech therapy can help
Any one of these processes may have problems individually or collectively. Speech pathology is involved with the analysis, diagnosis and treatment of difficulties with communication. Whether the cause of the problem is mechanical or psychological, congenital or acquired by disease or physical injury, it is possible that some to all functions of each process may be restored.
The English language uses an alphabet. An alphabet is the written lexicon’s unique set of glyphs. English has 26 letters and those letters, used singularly or in combination, produce 39 distinct voiced and unvoiced sounds.
The production of vocal sound depends heavily on hearing to first hear a particular sound. Then faithfully repeating those sounds. Speech pathology becomes a critical factor in allowing a person with a speech difficulties to be understood coherently. For example a voiceless “p” or a voiced “e.” If a person with congenital deafness has never heard how the single letter “p” is pronounced in the word “pea” and is told in writing or by signing how the letter is pronounced – by joining the lips together to begin the sound, stimulate the vocal folds and then part them to bridge to the “e” sound – a long “e.” If they produce the voiced sound of “b” we would hear them say “bee.” This example highlights the complexity of resolving problems with phonation, resonance and intonation.
Almost nothing else makes a person feel as alone as the failure to be understood. The careful and patient refinement of seemingly insignificant vocal sounds by a speech pathology professional will succeed in overcoming the difficulties presented by speech problems.
If you have questions about speech pathology contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns. Contact Us Today!