SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY

Our clients include children and adults, and we offer services in the areas of prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, guidance, therapy and improvement of speech and hearing pathologies of peripheral and central auditory function, vestibular function, oral and written language, voice, fluency, speech articulation and functional, orofacial, cervical, and swallowing systems.


Audiometry

What is it?

Audiometry is an exam that evaluates the patient's ability to hear and interpret sounds. In this exam it's possible to detect hearing alterations which allow the professional to use the best and most adequate preventive method or treatment, diagnosing any abnormalities and measuring the intensity of hearing loss in a patient.

Types of audiometry
  • Tonal audiometry: evaluates the patient's responses to pure tones, emitted at different frequencies, thus detecting the degree and type of hearing loss.

  • Vocal audiometry: evaluates the patient's comprehension of the human voice. The patient will demonstrate his/her perception and understanding of the human voice by hearing the examiner.


APD

What is it?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a failure of the central nervous system.

People with this disorder listen to sounds, but have difficulty understanding, storing and locating them, which can cause communication and learning deficits.

Treatment

Auditory training is one of the therapeutic methods used in order to activate and/or modify the auditory system.

There are two models of auditory training:

  • Informal: therapeutic interventions without the use of specific equipments to control the acoustic stimuli. It's often indicated for young children because it catches their attention and enhances their motivation.

  • Formal: therapeutic process where electro-acoustic equipment is used to control the stimuli (their duration, frequency and intensity).

Main symptoms
  • Difficulty memorizing daily activities;

  • Academic difficulties reading and writing;

  • Attentional fatigue in classes or lectures;

  • Change of letters in speech or writing;

  • Difficulty in understanding what is said;

  • Difficulty in understanding information in noisy environments;

  • Inattention and distraction;

  • Constant repetition of information in order to understand it;

  • Agitation;

  • Difficulty in understanding abstract concepts or expressions/words with double meaning;

  • Difficulty performing tasks that have been requested;