Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders
What Are Neurogenic Disorders?
”People often avoid interacting with adults who have communication difficulties. This is both unfortunate and unnecessary, because there are many ways to support communication.” —Katarina Haley, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Common Communication Disorders at the UNC Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders
Aphasia results from damage to the parts of the brain that process language. Aphasia causes problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Dysarthria is caused by damage to nerves or to parts of the brain that control speech movements. Movements of the mouth, face, throat, and chest may be weak, slow, or uncoordinated and lead to speech that is difficult to understand.
Apraxia is caused by damage to the sensory-motor parts of the brain that organize speech movements. People with apraxia of speech have trouble speaking fluently and saying the right sounds in syllables and words.