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:
- Apraxia of speech and dysarthria—Impaired intelligibility due to difficulty coordinating the muscles involved in speech articulation
- Aphasia—Language impairment that affects speaking, understanding, reading, and writing
- 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 and group therapy sessions help clients and their families to regain communication skills and compensatory strategies to manage their disorders in activities of daily life. Goals are established jointly with each client and family member(s). Innovative treatment strategies include computer-assisted learning, community integration, and peer support.