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Speech Impairment

Limitations in speech and language may result from a number of different impairments and disorders. An individual may be limited due to problems with articulation, voice strength, language expression, or may be non-vocal. Speech and language limitations might occur due to stroke, cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s Disease, oral and laryngeal cancer, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, dementia, chronic laryngitis, and vocal cord paralysis.

  • No Speech

    An individual with no speech may need accommodations to assist them with communicating on the job.

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  • Weak Speech

    Weak speech is a term that is often used to describe speech that is inaudible or difficult to understand to low voice volume or to vocal qualities such as breathiness.

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  • Unintelligible Speech

    The term unintelligible refers to speech that is very difficult for others to understand due to factors other than voice volume.  The term has no relation to the term intelligence.   Preferred methods of communication for individuals with unintelligible speech vary. In accommodating an individual with speech that is difficult to understand, a best practice is to get input from the individual and, if appropriate, their medical providers as to the communication methods that work best for a particular individual.

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  • Speech Disfluencies

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