Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

May 9, 2017

Speech therapy and tonsillectomies & adenoidectomies


Recently, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown office, reviewed a online Charlotte Smarty Pants post about a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, offered by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat

The information provides a wonderful summary about what to expect:

  • before surgery
  • the day of surgery
  • after surgery

Melinda shares: Speech therapists often recommend these procedures and can be very beneficial once recovery has occurred.   Sometimes, a child receiving speech therapy has had a prior tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. Tongue movement can be impacted by the size of the tonsils and how much space they take up in the back of the mouth. Because the tongue has learned to move in a different way, it can cause problems with saying certain sounds. Speech therapy is very helpful in retraining the tongue to move appropriately for correct sound production, also called articulation.

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