Apraxia of Speech is a motor planning/programming disorder caused by damage to the brain responsible for coordinating muscle movement necessary to produce speech. Apraxia may result in difficulty with spontaneous speech and significantly impact independence. Frequently, Apraxia can co-occur with Aphasia.
Speech-language pathologists support individuals with Apraxia by means of various speech-drills to regain automatic volitional speech, as well as provide communication supports to increase independence immediately.
We offer Speech, Language, and Cognitive services to clients with a variety of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease (PD), Huntington's Chorea, Dementia, and others. Therapy aims at increasing or maintaining levels of independence, as well as improving quality of life. Therapy may target speech intelligibility (e.g., vocal quality, pace/rate of speech, pronunciation, etc), language (understanding and expression), social communication, as well as cognitive skills.
Any injury to the head may cause a TBI. Individuals with a brain injury often have cognitive and communication impairments that may impair their independence and daily functioning. Speech-language pathologists can help individuals with TBI by targeting a variety of functional areas, ex:
Ongoing therapy may continue to improve cognitive, speech and language skills. Augmentative or alternative communication forms and strategies may be utilized. If an individual benefits from a speech-generating device (SGD), therapy will focus on increasing efficiency and effectiveness with the device.
For more information and resources related to TBI, please visit:
Aphasia is a loss of ability to understand or express language, caused by brain damage (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury).
Speech-language pathologists can help individuals with Aphasia to regain functional communication and regain their independence. Therapy integrates a "total communication" approach, teaching the individual to better express their ideas by using gestures, writing, drawing, and association naming. Techniques and strategic language exercises are taught and targeted within natural conversational settings, as well as in a drill-type format.
For more information and resources related to Aphasia please visit: National Aphasia Association: http://www.aphasia.org
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