The Adult Neurogenic Clinic
Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., Program Director
Annette Neff, M.S., Clinical Instructor
Caterina Staltari, M.A., Clinical Instructor
What is a Language Disorder?
Language disorders in adults commonly result from a neurological episode and include difficulties reading, writing, speaking, understanding and participating in daily life activities. Individuals may also exhibit speech sound disorders and problems with intelligibility. The most common causes of language disorders in adults include cerebrovascular accidents (e.g., stroke, about 25-40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia), traumatic brain injury, brain tumor and encephalitis, and some degenerative conditions.
People who have aphasia, cognitive-communication impairments, right-hemisphere disorder, and associated speech disorders such as apraxia of speech and dysarthria.
The Adult Language Clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to adults who present with mild to severe disabilities. The evaluation includes gathering background information as well as various formal and informal language and speech assessments.
Treatment includes personalized individual therapy and group sessions to address:
- Use of word retrieval strategies
- Use of reading and writing to support communication
- Use of functional role play situations to practice skills
- Use of caregivers in therapy to support carryover of skills