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  • Writer's pictureEmily Halder

The Impact of Speech Therapy Exercises for Home Practice

Speech therapy practices such as Blue Ridge Speech and Voice are dedicated to helping people regain their communication abilities and improve their quality of life.


In speech therapy, you’ll work on different vocal exercises catered to meet your goals. What you work on during a consultation corresponds with what you specifically seek to improve. Brush up on what to know before meeting with a speech language pathologist.

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Whether you are a stroke survivor or seeking voice modification, these exercises can empower you to play an active role in your therapy journey. Let’s explore effective speech therapy exercises for home practice and how they can enhance your progress between sessions.


Understanding the Benefits of Home Practice


Engaging in speech therapy exercises at home allows you to reinforce the techniques learned during sessions, build muscle memory, and accelerate progress. Consistent practice also helps to maintain and improve your communication skills, even when you’re not in a session.

Tailoring Speech Therapy Exercises to Your Specific Needs


Blue Ridge Speech and Voice understands that each patient has unique goals and challenges. That's why our speech therapists will work closely with you to develop a personalized home practice plan. Whether you are focusing on speech, voice, or swallowing improvement, our speech therapists provide exercises that target your specific needs:

Improve Articulation for Stroke Survivors

For stroke survivors, speech therapy exercises can aid in regaining language skills and improving articulation. Simple articulation exercises like tongue twisters, word repetition, and reading aloud can help strengthen the muscles involved in speech production. Our therapists will guide you through these exercises and more, providing feedback to ensure proper technique.

Enhance Communication for Parkinson's Disease

Individuals with Parkinson's disease often experience changes in their voice and speech patterns. Home practice exercises can help improve vocal projection, articulation, and breath control. Vocal warm-ups, pitch variation techniques, and tongue exercises can be incorporated into your daily routine to maintain and better your communication abilities.

Manage Swallowing Disorders with Home Exercises

A speech therapist will provide you with exercises that focus on strengthening the muscles involved in swallowing. These may include tongue exercises, compensatory strategies, and diet modifications. Consistent practice will help improve your swallowing function and reduce the risk of complications of swallowing disorders.

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Try Voice Modification Exercises for Gender-Affirming Care

For those seeking gender-affirming voice therapy, practicing exercises at home is crucial for achieving desired vocal changes. Specific exercises will focus on pitch, resonance, intonation, and speech patterns. By incorporating these exercises into your daily routine, you can gradually develop a voice that better resonates with you (pun intended).

Remember to Be Mindful of How You’re Feeling


Pay attention to how the exercises make you feel. If you find yourself getting angry or frustrated, stop and take a deep breath. It’s okay to take a break - you can even schedule breaks in between practice times. Remember that speech therapy exercises are supposed to help you improve and grow. If you continually experience negative feelings, it may stagnate your progress. It’s okay to ask for help from others, including your speech therapist.


Get in touch with Blue Ridge Speech and Voice!

Blue Ridge Speech and Voice believes that progress in speech therapy extends beyond the therapy room. By incorporating targeted exercises into your daily routine, you can enhance your progress and regain control over your communication abilities.


Our team of licensed speech therapists is here to support you every step of the way, providing guidance, feedback, and personalized exercises tailored to your specific needs. Together, we can empower you to achieve your communication goals and improve your overall quality of life.


Call 828-222-3824 for a free consultation to begin your speech therapy journey!


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