Acquired speech and language disorders

Acquired speech and language disorders

The IU Speech-Language Clinic provides assessment and therapy for individuals with acquired speech and language disorders including adults with aphasia (usually due to left hemisphere stroke), cognitive and communication disorders, or motor speech problems such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech. These disorders are frequently caused by stroke but may also result from head injuries, tumors, infections, or progressive diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), or Parkinson's disease or dementia.

Individual therapy is designed to maximize each individual's communicative performance in his or her daily life. Treatment activities include retraining or stimulating impaired language abilities, teaching compensatory strategies (e.g., augmenting speech with gestures or drawing); and training and counseling caregivers regarding ways that they can enhance their loved ones' communication abilities.

Appointments for individual evaluation and treatment services can be scheduled at a time and frequency that is convenient for each individual (see back for more information).

Therapy sessions are conducted by graduate clinicians under the direct supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists at reasonable rates. The clinic provides full hearing evaluations and hearing aid services supervised by licensed audiologists.

Contact our clinic

Conditions associated with communication disorders

Alzheimer’s disease

cerebral palsy

cognitive delay

delayed language or sound development


head injury

hearing loss

learning disabilities

Parkinson’s disease



vocal abuse