The Program for Acquired Communication Disorders

The Program for Acquired Communication Disorders provides evaluation and treatment to adults who suffer from neurologically based speech, language, and cognitive deficits. These impairments are usually caused by stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, or other neurological problems, and result in a range of communication impairments, including:

  • Aphasia—Difficulty speaking, understanding, reading, and writing
  • Apraxia of Speech—Trouble producing specific sounds and words, which reduces intelligibility
  • Dysarthria—Problems with intelligibility due to impaired rate control and oral/motor strength
  • Cognitive Deficits—Difficulty with attention, memory, impulse control, abstract thinking, problem solving, and reasoning

Evaluation services provide information to determine and/or confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time.

Individual therapy sessions teach clients and their families to help regain communication skills and compensatory strategies to manage their disorders in activities of daily life. Goals are established jointly with each client and his or her family member(s). Innovative treatment strategies include computer-assisted learning, video taping, and role-play in everyday communicative contexts.

Group treatment provides an opportunity for clients to practice skills in a supportive peer context.

Contact: 617-824-8323

Robbins Center

A student helps a child at the Robbins Center

Tour the Robbins Center

Take a tour of the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which provides a supportive environment where clients and their families learn to overcome a variety of communication disorders and differences.


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