Speech Therapy Services
In addition to accent modification programs, ACCENT CONNECTIONS also provides speech-language therapy services for both children and adults who demonstrate communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. We have extensive experience in working with individuals who demonstrate:
• Speech Disorders including articulation disorders (difficulty in pronouncing specific sounds like r or s), phonological disorders (difficulty in pronouncing specific patterns of sounds like omitting all final consonants), apraxia (difficulty coordinating the motor movements needed to sequence sounds), dysarthria (a weakness and/or decreased coordination of the speech muscles – often due to neurological damage), fluency disorders (an interruption in the flow of speech, the most common type being stuttering) and voice disorders (problems with vocal quality, pitch, loudness or resonation). These disorders can all interfere with effective verbal communication and can be caused by development delays or acquired problems like vocal misuse, stroke or brain injury.
• Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders including the areas of semantics (vocabulary), syntax/morphology (the sequencing of words in sentences, grammar and word endings) and pragmatics (the social use of language). These areas of difficulty may affect listening, talking, reading and/or writing and can be caused by developmental delays, autism, aphasia or brain injury.
• Cognitive Disorders including the areas of attention, orientation, memory, problem solving, organization, abstract thinking and executive functioning. These areas of difficulty may affect daily functioning at home, work or school and may be caused by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, stroke, brain injury or dementia.
• Swallowing Disorders (also known as dysphagia) are difficulties in feeding or in moving food/liquid from the mouth to the stomach. This is typically caused by injury, illness, surgery or neurological problems.