SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. We also work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders. At Hansel Union we make sure to provide effective communication techniques to individuals that range from low tech to high tech. From social stories. to pain charts and the picture exchange system, to iPad with simple to complex applications

Common Disorders

Treated With Speech Therapy

Language disorders

occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language).

Social communication disorders

occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.

Cognitive-communication disorders

include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

Swallowing disorders

(dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties.

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