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Speech and Language Disorders

What is a Speech/Language Disorder?

There is a difference between speech disorders and language disorders.  Symptoms of speech disorders are difficulty in articulation, voice disorders (such as dysphonia),or fluency disorders (such as  stuttering).  Aphasia is an acquired speech disorder caused by brain damage which affects a person's ability to communicate.  Language disorders are recognized as problems in understanding or using the symbols and rules people use to communicate with each other. Developmental expressive language disorder and developmental receptive language disorder are examples of language disorders.  A student with a language disorder may not be able to think of the name of an object or call it by the correct name, may have difficulty following directions, may seem inattentive, or may struggle to compose complete, grammatical sentences.

Possible Academic Accommodations

Alternative texts will be helpful to some students with language disorders. The Academic Support Center (link) will assist the student in obtaining texts and course materials.  The student should register for classes as early as possible and notify The Academic Support Center of courses for which they will need alternate texts/materials.

It may also be helpful for students with language disorders to tape lectures for later review or to have a notetaker. 

The Writing Center is available to assist students and offer suggestions for improvement of written coursework.

Tutoring is available at the Academic Support Center.