Speech therapy
The treatment of speech and communication disorders. The approach used depends on the disorder. It may include physical exercises to strengthen the muscles used in speech (oral-motor work), speech drills to improve clarity, or sound production practice to improve articulation. See also communication disorders, speech disorders, speech-language pathologist.

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speech therapy n therapeutic treatment of speech defects (as lisping and stuttering)

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the rehabilitation of patients who are unable to speak coherently because of congenital causes, accidents, or illness (e.g. stroke). Speech therapists have special training in this field but are not medically registered.

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the use of special techniques for correction of speech and language disorders. Cf. speech pathology.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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