According to the American Speech and
Hearing association, Speech disorders
occur when a person has difficulty
producing speech sounds correctly or
fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of
disfluency) or has problems with his or
her voice or resonance.
Maia is PROMPT trained. PROMPT is an acronym that stands for tactile cues used to help Restructure the Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. This is a multidimensional approach to help facilitate speech production disorders not only with motoric performance (articulatory movement), but also with cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspects. PROMPT is about integrating all the systems together towards positive communicative outcome. Most of the time PROMPT is used with, but is not limited to, toddlers or children who have communication programming disorders such as Apraxia. PROMPT can also be used to help with speech disorders such as stuttering, language formulation, syntax, motor control or planning, phonological or "rule based" learning disorders, auditory processing and production disorders, general cognitive or global delays.
Muscle weakness and/or respiratory systems that have been affected by a stroke or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s can result in speech disorders such as Dysarthria. Dysarthria can severely impede over all speech intelligibility but can be improved with appropriate treatment and exercise plans.