Language is essential to learning, working and enjoying family life and friendships. Speech-language pathologists specially educated to assess speech and language development and to treat speech and language disorders. These professionals can also help with swallowing disorders. Learn more about speech-language therapy.
A voice disorder may involve differences or changes in pitch, loudness or quality. Difficulties with voice may result from vocal abuse/misuse, vocal paralysis, accent reduction, vocal nodules/polyps or neck cancer.
A speech disorder is an impairment of the articulation of speech sounds or fluency. Difficulties with speech may include stuttering, apraxia (incoordination of speech muscles) and dysarthria (weakness of speech muscles).
Language therapy involves targeting deficits in expressing or understanding language such as aphasia (impairment of comprehension and expression), dyslexia (reading impairment) and agraphia (writing impairment).
Dysphagia Therapy (Swallowing)
Swallowing difficulties can result from a variety of different conditions or disorders, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
Services include the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as disorders of swallowing and feeding.
Cognitive impairments can influence reasoning and problem solving, memory and attention span. Common causes of such impairments include stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.