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How long do you need speech therapy?

The amount of time a person needs speech therapy depends on a few factors, including:

  • their age
  • type and severity of the speech disorder
  • frequency of therapy
  • underlying medical condition
  • treatment of an underlying medical condition

Some speech disorders begin in childhood and improve with age, while others continue into adulthood and require long-term therapy and maintenance.

A communication disorder caused by a stroke or other medical condition may improve as with treatment and as the condition improves.

How successful is speech therapy?
The success rate of speech therapy varies between the disorder being treated and age groups. When you start speech therapy can also have an impact on the outcome.

Speech therapy for young children has been shownTrusted Source to be most successful when started early and practiced at home with the involvement of a parent or caregiver.