Understanding Communication Disorders
What Causes Communication Disorders
Communication disorders can be present from birth, start in childhood or can be acquired in adulthood. They may result from nerve and muscle disorders, neurologic impairments such as a stroke, physical impairments such as cleft lip or palate.
Common Communication Disorders
We treat communication disorders such as aphasia, which is a language impairment that can occur after stroke or head injury; dysarthria, a motor speech disorder that can impact how you produce speech sounds; and apraxia of speech, which refers to a difficulty with the motor programming of speech that makes it difficult to produce the intended words or sounds. We also help people learn to communicate after tracheostomy (an opening in the windpipe) and after being dependent on a ventilator for an extended period of time, using either a speaking valve to produce verbal messages, or through writing and speech-generating devices.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists Work Closely with You
Our trained speech-language pathologists help you understand how your communication disorder is impacting your quality of life. We work with you and your family to create a plan based on your individual needs, and use a wide variety of simple and sophisticated tools to help you achieve success.