Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from neurological damage, typically stroke. Reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language can all be affected to different degrees. There are many different types of aphasia, such as Broca’s aphasia or Wernicke’s aphasia. Although aphasia has been studied for centuries, there remain many questions about recovery from aphasia.
Acquired motor speech disorders are a group of communication disorders resulting from neurological disease or damage. Motor speech disorders can either be a problem with speech production (dysarthria) or motor planning/programming (apraxia of speech). There are many different treatment approaches to dysarthria and apraxia of speech. Research continues to investigate effective interventions and to better understand the mechanisms that result in decreased speech intelligibility.
Researchers in the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory explore topics such as variables affecting aphasia recovery, aphasia intervention, aphasia community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers, and foreign accent syndrome. For more information about specific projects, click here.