What are speech and language disorders?

A speech disorder occurs when a person has trouble producing sounds correctly or smoothly blending the sounds to form words. A language disorder occurs if a person has trouble understanding spoken or written information (receptive language) or sharing their thoughts and ideas verbally, through gestures or in written form (expressive language). Speech-language pathologists also work on social skills and how individuals use their nonverbal and verbal language to communicate with others. Both children and adults can have speech and language disorders that may be developmental in nature or may be acquired as a result of a medical problem.

Language clinics in the Speech Language Pathology department at MMI