Aphasia is a language impairment, which can affect one or more of the following modalities: Receptive Language (comprehension), Expressive Language (verbal expression), Reading, and/or Writing. Aphasia is a result of injury to the brain, most commonly following a stroke. All About Communication uses a variety of evidence-based therapy techniques to treat communication difficulties related to Aphasia.
Dysarthria is a generic label for a group of speech disorders caused by impaired control of the muscles involved in speech. The type of dysarthria depends on which area of the nervous system is affected. Dysarthria can cause slow, slurred, effortful speech, poor articulation/resonance, and/or abnormal prosody, due to decreased control, coordination, and strength of the speech musculature. All About Communication can provide treatment based on strengths, weaknesses, and needs based on the communication profile of the individual with dysarthria.
Dysphagia is a term used to describe difficulty with swallowing. This difficulty can arise in the oral phase (when food/drink is being prepared to be swallowed), the pharyngeal phase (throat clearing/coughing/choking during/after swallow), or a combination of the two. All About Communication can assess, treat, and help manage swallowing disorders through rehabilitative exercises, compensatory strategies, or diet texture modification.
ACQUIRED APRAXIA OF SPEECH
Apraxia is defined as an impaired ability to perform purposeful movements involved in speech. This differs from dysarthria, as it is not a result of muscle impairment, but rather the programming and sequencing of voluntary movements of the tongue, lips, soft palate, and vocal cords. Some characteristics of Apraxia of Speech are: highly inconsistent errors, sound substitutions, effortful groping of speech musculature, and automatic speech is often better than volitional speech. All About Communication can provide an individualized treatment plan based on assessment results.