• Speech Disorders

    Below are the most common types of speech disorders we treat at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center:

    • Alaryngeal speech is achieved following a laryngectomy through the use of an external vibratory source such as an electrolarynx or an internal vibratory source such as that created by a tracheoesophageal puncture. 
       
    • Apraxia (also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia) is a speech disorder in which a person has difficulty producing speech accurately and consistently for reasons other than weakness or paralysis of the muscles that control speech. Typically, people with apraxia/dyspraxia demonstrate difficulty with the motor-planning component of speech. 
       
    • Articulation disorders affecting speech sound production are characterized by the substitution, omission or distortion of sounds. 
       
    • Dysarthria is the imperfect articulation of speech caused by disturbances of muscular control that result from damage to the brain or nerves. 
       
    • Stuttering is a speech disorder in which the normal flow of speech is interrupted by frequent repetitions or prolongations of speech sounds, syllables or words, or by an individual's inability to start a word. These interruptions may be accompanied by blinks, tremors of the lips or jaw, or other signs of effort. 
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