The Speech Therapy is to develop activities in the prevention, assessment and treatment of human communication disorders, encompassing not only all functions associated with the comprehension and expression of spoken and written language, but also other forms of nonverbal communication.
The Speech Therapist is the professional responsible for the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and scientific study of human communication and disorders related to the level of speech and language as well as changes related to functions auditory, visual, cognitive (including learning), oro-muscular, breathing, swallowing and voice. In this context, communication encompasses all functions related to the understanding and expression of oral and written language, as well as all appropriate forms of non-verbal communication (D / Law 261/93 of 24 July).
At the Center, the Speech Therapist accompanies the patient in their communicative development, responding to the difficulties presented in the following areas:
It is the human ability that allows people to communicate with each other and can be verbal (oral or written) or nonverbal (gestures).
Divided into five components of the linguistic system: phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics.
The impairment of language skills undermines the interactions with the environment.
In the production of phonemes (consonants or vowels). Changes to the verbal articulation compromise the clarity of speech and may have consequences in terms of acquiring skills in the process of reading and writing.
It is the basic tool of communication and transpires aspects of identity and personality of a person. Vocal compromise communicative act and may have consequences at the level of self-esteem is therefore important to re-educate and raise awareness against the misuses and abuses in childhood vocals.
It is the ability to chain sounds, syllables or words of oral language. The disturbances of the rhythm and fluency of verbal expression (eg stuttering) may constitute a barrier to the desire to communicate by the child, often contributing to their isolation from the moments of socialization.
Some children show changes in the act of swallowing. These changes may be related to neurological factors or the level of oro-facial structures (tongue, posture, occlusion, etc.).
Area is related to the development, qualification, improvement and rehabilitation of the phono-articulatory organs and neck, as well as their respective stomathognatic: sucking, chewing, breathing, speaking and swallowing.
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