2835 W St. Germain #300
P.O. Box 7729
St. Cloud, MN 56301-7729
Phone: (320) 259-4151
Toll Free: (888) 404-7768
Fax: (320) 259-5707
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Speech Therapy for Adults
Communication is a two-way process in which people exchange information. We send information by speaking, writing, gesturing and touching. We receive information by listening, reading, watching or feeling. Our daily activities, our interpersonal relationships depend greatly on our communication skills. Perhaps this is realized most fully when our ability to communicate is interrupted.
Communication difficulties can have a devastating affect on the quality of our lives, isolation, and loss of self-esteem frequently develop. In adults, impaired communication skills can interfere with social-verbal interactions, economic opportunities, and self-sufficiency. Complete withdrawal form family, friends and society as a whole can occur.
Speech disorders are problems of expression characterized by difficulty with forming speech sounds or producing voice. Language disorders are characterized by difficulty in comprehension and expression. Some common adult disorders may include:
Causes of speech and language disorders include environmental-behavioral influenced, neurological diseases and injuries, viral infections, neuromuscular diseases, stroke, head injury, and genetic deviations. Dysphasia, a related disorder, is frequently the result of stroke or head injury. Common causes of voice disorders include: Vocal abuse (chronic screaming and yelling), smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, allergies, cancer of the mouth or larynx and neurological disorders.
- Voice disorders
- Articulation disorders secondary to dysarthria (difficulty coordinating movements for production of speech)
- Aphasia (word finding difficulties)
- Dysphasia (swallowing difficulties)
- Hearing loss