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Communication Disorders & eLuma
What are Communication Disorders?
Articulation disorders involve impairments in speech sound production, including sound omissions, substitutions, and distortions.
Voice disorders are characterized by vocal pitch, quality, loudness, duration, or resonance that is atypical for the individual’s age, gender, and/or culture.
Fluency disorders affect the flow of speech, characterized by abnormal rate or rhythm, and may result in repetitions of sounds, syllables, words, partial words, or phrases.
Receptive language disorders affect a person’s ability to comprehend language. These disorders can negatively impact a student’s ability to understand academic material, follow classroom instructions, and interact socially.
Expressive language disorders impact individuals’ ability to use language. These disorders can negatively affect a student’s ability to express their thoughts, wants, and needs. They may also affect social interaction.
Hearing disorders are impairments in the physiology of the auditory system and are present in individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Central auditory processing disorders involve deficits in the processing of auditory information that are not the result of a hearing or intellectual impairment.
Treating Communication Disorders
eLuma’s treatment for Communication Disorders focuses on capitalizing on the individual’s strengths, improving functional skills, and creating support systems to help compensate for deficits. The eLuma online speech therapy team and the individual Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) play an important role in the treatment of these individuals. They work in collaboration with the student’s interdisciplinary team, which may include: the special education administrators, the general education teacher, special education teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and/or mental health professional.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1993). Definitions of communication disorders and variations [Relevant Paper]. Available from www.asha.org/policy.
- American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Voice Disorders. https://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589942600§ion=Treatment
Want to Learn More?
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