Jocelen Hamilton, Clinical Mentor
We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of adult acquired speech and language impairments and developing effective treatment approaches in the context of a client-centered research institution.
The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Speech and Language (or ‘Neuro Clinic') provides evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for adults with speech and language impairments acquired in adulthood. Acquired neurogenic communication disorders include aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, and cognitive-communication impairments. These typically result from brain injuries due to stroke, trauma, brain tumors, or progressive neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson disease, Alzheimer's dementia, ALS, primary progressive aphasia).
People are encouraged to seek our services at sub-acute and chronic stages of recovery. There is ample evidence available today that people who experience a brain injury can still benefit substantially from treatment for speech-language difficulties even years later. We are committed to providing therapy that addresses the underlying impairment, as well as its functional impact on communication in every-day situations.
Clients' communicative abilities are evaluated using current standardized assessments of speech, language, and cognitive skills. Results of the evaluation are used to determine recommendations for therapy specific to each client. As appropriate, clients will be referred for individual and/or group treatment within the Neuro Clinic. (Or, if necessary, clients may be placed on a waiting list for therapeutic services.) The evaluation may also serve, with the permission of the client, to determine his or her candidacy for specific research projects.