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Learn about the speech and language disorders I treat.

Diseases and other factors that may affect speech, language, and swallowing may occur at birth as in cerebral palsy or later in life, such as:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • stroke
  • brain injury
  • post chemotherapy and radiation
  • tumors
  • dementia
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Feeding difficulties

Disorders that affect speech, language, or swallow functions:

  • Aphasia

    Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate. There are several different types of aphasia impacting receptive or expressive language in spoken and written modes. For example, someone with Broca’s Aphasia knows what he/she wants to say, but has difficulty retrieving the words. LEARN MORE >

  • Apraxia

    Apraxia is a motor-planning disorder that affects the communication between the brain and the mouth. Apraxia is not motor weakness. For example, speech may sound slurred or garbled or one may have trouble physically initiating speech. LEARN MORE >

  • Dysarthria

    Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that affects the range of motion, muscle tone, strength, and/or coordination of the muscles needed to produce speech. For example, this may cause someone to have difficulty being understood especially with unfamiliar people. LEARN MORE >

  • Dysphagia

    Dysphagia is a disorder negatively impacting a person’s ability to swallow. This may be due to decreased strength, range of motion, or sensory input to the nerves and muscles used for swallowing. Dysphagia can occur at several stages of the swallow and can be exacerbated by several factors such as reflux, missing teeth, and age. LEARN MORE >

  • Cognitive Communication Deficits

    Attention, memory, perception, organization, and inhibition are examples of cognition. These processes assist us in communication. For example, one needs sustained and divided attention to follow a conversation or understand a complex newscast. This can have a negative impact on social, vocational, academic success, and overall quality of life. Mild cognitive impairments easily go undetected; however, they can significantly impact one’s daily functioning. LEARN MORE >

  • Right Hemisphere Disorder (RHD)

    Our brains have two hemispheres. For most people, the left hemisphere is responsible for language. The right hemisphere is responsible for many processes such as attention, perception, problem solving, and social skills.The right half of the brain is crucial in interpreting nonverbal signals, recognizing visual patterns such as in artwork, understanding emotions, and seeing the “big” picture. For example, a person with RHD may notice the unimportant details in a photograph but fail to integrate them in order to interpret what is happening. Many people with RHD are unaware they have a deficit. This is called anosognosia. LEARN MORE >

  • Lee Silverman Voice Tx (Parkinson's)

    Speech therapy for Parkinson’s disease uses a holistic approach and includes person-centered goals. Improving the client’s quality of life is important. This may include cognitive therapy such as increasing awareness of deficits and using memory strategies when applicable. One of the symptoms of Parkinson’s includes decreased awareness of one’s deficits; therefore, therapy in the early-mild stage makes the most impact. Therapy may also provide exercises and strategies to conserve one’s energy when communicating or swallowing. Traditional techniques along with meditation and breath work may also be used. Assistive devices may be recommended such as voice amplification or a communication board, along with training to the client’s immediate family and communication partners. LEARN MORE >

  • Developmental Disabilities

    Autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy are all examples of developmental disabilities. Swallowing, speech, and language deficits can persist throughout life interfering in one’s social and vocational areas. Some form of independence is often a primary goal of those who live with developmental disabilities. Speech therapy can address issues that continue to persist into adulthood. LEARN MORE >

  • Feeding Difficulties

    Feeding difficulties can occur for several reasons. One of these includes food aversions affecting the types of foods a child will accept into their diet. Food aversions can include rejecting foods of a certain color or texture. Some children may avoid entire types of foods such as all vegetables or starches. This may be due to delayed oral-motor skills or esophageal disorders making it difficult to chew, swallow, or even hold foods down. If a child has difficulty chewing crunchier textures, but is still fed these foods, the child may cough or have trouble swallowing them since they were not chewed enough in the mouth. Children do not always have the language or ability to tell us why they do not enjoy a food. Imagine a toddler with reflux or esophageal motility issues not being able to tell their parent why they prefer pureed/smooth textures versus crunchy/harder textures. Therapy may target improving the strength, range of motion, or coordination of the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Therapy may also target behavioral or sensory approaches for improving tolerance of new foods. Feeding therapy should always be comfortable, relaxed, and fun! LEARN MORE >