The brain is the governing organ of the human body. As our biological control center, the brain plays a major role in the acquisition, maintenance, and generation of all communicative acts. Because the brain consists of so many moving parts, it is important to understand that the brain can become stronger with practice. Neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to alter itself, plays an important part in speech and language therapy! Whether therapy involves an adult or child, rehabilitation or acquisition, the brain always plays a role in therapeutic services.
Our brains work with the help of neural pathways that govern a specific action. The more we practice creating and/or using these pathways, the stronger they become. This is why speech and language therapy is a workout for your brain! Whether you are moving and strengthening your articulators in oral motor therapy, participating in language therapy, or learning socioemotional skills, the more practice the better. With the conjunction of time and practice, the brain can biologically change to accommodate your learned skills. Just like you hit the gym to build muscle, speech and language therapy can assist with building your brain!
– Samantha M