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Speech & Language Pathology


Akron General's team of speech and language pathologists oversees patients' care from start to finish and works closely with patients and their families from diagnosis throughout treatment to provide individualized care. Speech and language pathologists, following an evaluation, develop individualized treatment plans for patients diagnosed with:

  • Aphasia - A language impairment typically resulting from a stroke or brain injury. It affects comprehension, expressive language, reading and writing.
  • Autism/Asperger syndrome
  • Dysarthria - Slurred speech due to weakened oral musculature
  • Dysphonia - Hoarse voice due to misuse of the vocal cords or surgery
  • Disfluency - Stuttering
  • Dysphagia - Difficulty swallowing
  • Delayed speech, articulation disorders or receptive/expressive language disorders in children
  • Cleft lip/palate, craniofacial abnormalities and other diseases/traumas affecting the facial parts necessary for speaking
  • Voice impairments or loss
  • Learning disabilities or communication disorders as a result of being mentally challenged
  • Deaf or hard of hearing

Common medical conditions that cause speech, language or swallowing disorders:

  • CVA (stroke)
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Vocal nodules, polyps or paralysis 
  • Laryngectomy
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Speech and language pathology services at Akron General include:

    Evaluating and diagnosing speech and language disorders in infants, children and adults. Services for children are available at Akron General Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, located at the Health & Wellness Centers located in Montrose, Stow and Green. 
  • Speech and language pathologists develop individualized treatment plans for adults and children who need services.
  • Selecting and implementing augmentative and alternative communication devices

 Date Updated: 16-JUN-2014

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