Speech Clarity

Speech clarity (intelligibility) significantly impacts the ability of an individual to get their message across. Difficulties with speech clarity can lead to frustration and behavioural issues. While all children are initially difficult to understand, it is expected that by 2 years of age they will make notable improvement and be understood more than 50% of the time. By the age of 3, it is expected that they can be understood approximately 90% of the time. 

Speech clarity issues may develop later in life due to stroke, brain injury or degenerative illnesses, such as Parkinson’s or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Speech clarity varies in severity and is impacted by a number of factors, such as: type and number of error sounds, the rate of speech, inconsistencies, prosody (intonation, stress), volume, breath support, dysfluencies, and/or fatigue.

Speech-Language Pathologists can assess and treat challenges with speech clarity regardless of the age or the cause of the difficulty.

Related therapies to treat this condition:

Articulation Therapy

Articulation therapy is a form of intervention that focuses on the accurate production of speech sounds to improve speech clarity.

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Communication Intermediary Services

Accessing police, legal, and justice services when you are experiencing a speech or language difficulty can be challenging and could have serious consequences if the individuals...

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Oral Placement Therapy

OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy used to target specific movements needed for speech clarity and feeding. 

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PROMPT is a technique used to assist with the planning and sequencing of speech sounds in words. 

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The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP)

K-SLP is an evidenced-based assessment and treatment approach for children with apraxia, speech sound disorders, and expressive language challenges. 

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Voice Lab

S.L. HUNTER SpeechWorks is pleased to offer its clients a fully equipped voice lab, complete with Videostroboscopy and Visi-Pitch Acoustic Analysis in order to evaluate and...

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