Speech Disorders

Aphasia is a term which means “loss of language”, and refers to all aspects of language loss. Persons with aphasia may have difficulty with making words and/or understanding words, reading, writing, recognizing objects, calculation, spelling, counting, telling time or gesturing.

There can be many levels of difficulty. Aphasia may interfere in only one aspect of communication, or it can affect all language abilities. Aphasia can occur in conjunction with other speech disorders, such as Dysarthria or Apraxia.

Dsyarthria is a group of speech disorders resulting from disturbances in muscular control: paralysis, weakness, slowness or incoordination of muscles that produce speech.

Apraxia is a motor-planning disorder caused by break downs in the ability to accurately control and sequence movements needed to produce speech sounds.

If you, or your loved one has had a stroke or injury to the brain, and are experiencing difficulties with any of the following, our skilled Speech-Language Pathologist can assist you in regaining ability to communicate functionally in your home and community.

​VERBAL EXPRESSION
  • Naming familiar items or objects
  • Getting words out when speaking
  • Putting words together to make phrases or sentences
  • Making your words match your thoughts
  • Conversing with family, friends or strangers
​AUDITORY/VISUAL COMPREHENSION
  • Understanding Yes or No questions
  • Realizing the location of self/objects
  • Recognition of objects
  • Understanding what others are saying
  • Ability to follow directions or commands
  • Following television or movies
​WRITTEN EXPRESSION
  • Spelling words
  • Writing sentences
  • Describing familiar objects
  • Telling time
​READING
  • Understanding numbers or symbols
  • Understanding words
  • Comprehending sentences
  • Capturing commands
  • Following information in manuals or books
​SPEECH PRODUCTION
  • Difficulty pronouncing your words because of a weak face, tongue or lips
  • Making the correct movement for sounds
  • Coordinating the sounds in speech in order to make a word
  • Coordinating the rhythm of speech in order to produce speech
  • Producing words in one situation , but not another
  • Using the phone
  • Speaking for long periods of time
 

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