What Are Speech & Language Disorders?

Speech disorders refers to the inability to produce speech sounds correctly or use your voice properly. Stuttering and speaking with a lisp are examples of speech disorders.

While speech disorders refer to the inability to produce sounds correctly, language disorders refer to difficulty communicating using speech, writing or gestures. Difficulty expressing meaning to others is referred to as an expressive language disorder while difficulty understanding other speakers is called a receptive language disorder. When you have difficulties with both expressing and understanding, the diagnosis is a mixed receptive-expressive language disorder.

Language disorders are not limited to children nor is there always a medical reason behind the disorder.   A stroke can cause aphasia, an expressive language disorder in adults. Hearing loss or head injury may also be the cause. Down syndrome, diseases such as meningitis and toxins aka fetal alcohol syndrome may cause language disorders in children.

How Can Great Speech Help?

Whether there is a medical cause or not, clinical evidence has proven that treatment provided by speech-language pathologists is beneficial, particularly in children. The goal is to stimulate overall language development and teach language skills in an integrated contextual fashion so as to enhance everyday communication. The good news is that studies have shown that speech therapy not only improves communication skills but also leads to academic and social success and enhanced quality of life.

Treating language disorders is particularly well-suited to the telepractice model. Great Speech therapists are specially trained to diagnose and then increase communication through an individually tailored program that primes each client for success.

Please contact us to discuss how a licensed speech and language pathologist can help you improve your speech or language disorder.

“My daughter was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and despite years of  traditional speech therapy in school, was not showing progress. It was clear she needed tailored therapy to teach her social skills. After a few months with Great Speech, she is initiating conversation with friends.”

David M., Portland, Or