When is Speech Therapy Needed?

Speech therapy offers invaluable support to individuals of all ages dealing with a range of speech, language, voice, and swallowing difficulties. Identifying the need for speech therapy is crucial for timely intervention. Here are some indicators that suggest speech therapy may be beneficial:

  • Delays in Speech and Language Milestones: Early signs in toddlers and young children, such as delays in babbling, eye contact, responding to names, using gestures, and progressing to words and sentences, may indicate the need for speech therapy.
  • Difficulty in Articulating Words: Persistent challenges in clear articulation, beyond the expected age of speech development, suggest a potential speech sound disorder that speech therapy can address.
  • Stuttering or Fluency Issues: Frequent repetition of sounds, syllables, or words, or prolonged speech sounds, could point to fluency disorders like stuttering. Speech therapy offers techniques to enhance fluency and confidence.
  • Social Communication Challenges: Difficulties with the social aspects of communication, such as turn-taking, maintaining eye contact, or interpreting nonverbal cues, may also warrant speech therapy intervention.
  • Voice Disorders: Consistent issues with voice quality, such as hoarseness, breathiness, or difficulty with volume and pitch control, might indicate a voice disorder that can be improved with speech therapy.
  • Swallowing/Feeding Disorders: In children, problems with chewing, swallowing, or aversion to eating could signal a swallowing or feeding disorder, which speech therapy can help manage.
  • Post-Stroke or Neurological Condition: Adults experiencing speech, language, cognitive-communication, or swallowing challenges due to a stroke or neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease can greatly benefit from speech therapy as part of their rehabilitation.
  • Accent Modification: For individuals seeking to modify their accent for personal or professional reasons, speech therapy can provide tailored accent modification services.

At Sherwood Park Speech Therapy, we are dedicated to empowering individuals to communicate confidently. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, reaching out for a consultation can be the first step towards effective management. Early intervention is key to addressing speech and language disorders effectively, making any time the right time to seek support.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (n.d.). Who Do Speech-Language Pathologists Help? www.asha.org/public/Who-Do-Speech-Language-Pathologists-Help/