Language Therapy

Receptive Language Disorders

A person with receptive language disorder has trouble understanding and processing what others say. This can cause a person to seem uninterested when someone is speaking, have trouble following directions, or have a limited vocabulary. Other language disorders, autism, hearing loss, and a traumatic brain injury/head injury can lead to a receptive language disorder.

Lady in speech therapy

Expressive Language Disorders

Expressive language disorder is difficulty saying or expressing information. If there is an expressive disorder present you may have trouble forming accurate sentences (spoken and written), producing complete substantial sentences, such as using incorrect verb tense. It’s associated with developmental impairments, such as Down syndrome, hearing loss, developmental delays, etc. It can also result from head trauma or a medical condition.


Speech Language Therapist knowledge of language and its subsystems—phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics—is highly relevant for prevention, identification, assessment, and intervention for literacy problems. SLPs possess such skills and skill in diagnosing and treating children with phonological disorders.

When children and adults have problems acquiring language, they are at a high risk of having issues learning to read, write, listen, and speak. Across the profession, SLPs ask questions about how to make our services relevant to clients’ functional communication needs. Literacy is perhaps the most critical factor contributing to academic and economic success and plays an essential role in social interactions.

Cognitive-Communication Disorders

A communication difficulty can be because of an injury to the part of the brain that controls your ability to think is referred to as cognitive-communication disorder. It can result in memory issues, problem solving, and difficulty speaking, or listening to what is being said or asked of you. It can be caused by biological problems, such abnormal brain development, certain neurological conditions, a brain injury, or stroke.


Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak and understand others. It also often affects a person’s ability to read and write. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, though other brain disorder can also cause it.

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Elderly man in dysarthria treatment


Dysarthria is characterized by slow or slurred speech due to a weakness or inability to control the muscles used for speech. It is most commonly caused by nervous system disorders and conditions that cause facial paralysis or throat and tongue weakness, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic sclerosis (ALS) and stroke.