The Pros and Cons of Speech Therapy

Is your child (or even any adult in your family) suffering from articulation or fluency disorders? Or do they suffer from something more serious like cognitive disorders that are brought forth by a brain injury or developmental disorder? If you answer yes to any of these, then perhaps you should have the patient scheduled for consultation with a speech therapist! According to health experts, speech therapy is defined as the evaluation and treatment of speech disorders and communication problems. Before consulting with any speech therapist out there, read first to determine the pros and cons of speech therapy.

Speech Therapy in Schools – The Pros and Cons

According to experts, speech therapy involves an assortment of techniques that are utilized to improve communication, fluency and even social interaction. The most popular methods include language intervention activities, articulation therapy and speech therapy for autism.

Now, let’s look at the pros and cons of letting an individual attend speech therapy in school. For the pros, the therapy takes place at the school during school hours, and the educators as well as speech therapists can work together to craft the curriculum to the student’s special needs.

For the cons, these may include missed classes, as the child can be pulled out for therapy, which can have an impact on their academic and social life. Second, the school’s speech therapist may not have the expertise or experience for treating the specific language or speech disorder that the child has. Third, adding speech therapy to the regular subjects can lead to heavy case loads, which can make individual therapy a tougher thing to do.

Speech Therapy at Home – The Pros and Cons

After discussing the pros and cons of undertaking speech therapy in school, let’s now take a look at the potential ups and downs of conducting it at home. For the upside, a home-based speech therapy session offers flexible hours, and the session can be more convenient for the child because it all happens at home (and within their preferred schedules).

Now for the potential downsides of home-based speech therapy; first, the child could be hampered by the many distractions he or she faces at home. Second, the speech therapist and the child could be hampered by the lack of access to learning materials, because the therapist may not be able to bring all of the needed materials to the patient’s home.

Speech Therapy at a Clinic – The Ups and Downs

At this juncture, we shall now discuss the potential ups and downs of conducting a speech therapy session inside a clinic. For the pros, in-clinic sessions, especially speech therapy for autism, affords the patient and the therapist with flexible schedules and easy access to required learning materials.

Second, a speech therapy session in a clinic allows for more individualized attention, as parents are given the choice of having the sessions done in small well-paired groups or in one-on-one sessions.

Most speech therapy clinics today also have access to a coordinated team or group of therapists, whether its speech, occupational, behavioral therapy and others. In-clinic speech therapy sessions also offer lesser distractions to the patient, as the sessions are done in specially-designed child-friendly counseling rooms.