A full speech and language evaluation is first completed to assess speech sound production as well as receptive and expressive communication abilities.
Common causes of speech/language deficits in adults and adolescents include:
aphasia or apraxia resulting from a stroke,
other cognitive-linguistic or language deficits following a traumatic brain injury,
cognitive communication deficits related to dementia,
and/or functional communication impairments related to other syndromes or underlying medical conditions.
After a thorough assessment, the SLP will develop an individualized plan to target the specific skills impaired (e.g., by implementing treatment to improve speech sound production, word-finding skills, language comprehension, written language skills, etc.).
SNR's team is also experienced with alternative and augmentative communication (such as a communication board or high tech device), which is sometimes necessary when an individual is unable to express his/her wants and needs verbally.