400 - Minimum number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required of master's degree students
~2,000 - Number of children and adults served by clinical educators and students in 2015-16
~700 - Number of preschool children screened for communication disorders in 2015-16
$35,000 - Donation made by Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo to support the UCF Listening Center's mission
10 - Number of counties served by FAAST's Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida 3280 Progress Drive Suites 500, 300 Orlando, FL 32826-2215
Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders
What are aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and Foreign Accent
Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to the parts of
the brain that control language and speech. Aphasia may result in
the following difficulties:
thinking of words
reading and reading comprehension
Aphasia is not a loss of intellect but rather
a loss or impairment of language. Aphasia may occur after a stroke,
brain tumor, trauma or disease that affects the brain tissue.
Persons with aphasia can regain some of their language loss with
treatment. UCF's Aphasia House
offers intensive outpatient therapy for individuals with
Apraxia of speech (AOS) is a disorder that impairs the
intelligibility of speech after an acquired brain injury. It
affects the coordination needed to speak clearly. Therapy can help
improve speech production.
Dysarthria is another type of speech disorder associated with
brain injury. It affects the muscles needed for speech resulting in
decreased intelligibility. Therapy can help improve
Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a rare speech disorder,
sometimes related to severe head injury or stroke, in which the
patient produces speech characters atypical
of her/his native language or dialect.
How can UCF help?
The Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to
assist persons with aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. First, the
individual will need an evaluation of speech.
Tell me about the evaluation
Comprehensive evaluations will be conducted to determine what
aspects of communication have been affected. For details, see Initial
Tell me about treatment
The Communication Disorders Clinic offers comprehensive
therapeutic services guided by evidenced based practices. Treatment
individual therapy for aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, and/or
acquired reading and writing disorders
group therapy including, but not limited to, computer
re-training, book clubs, photography
Frequency of therapeutic services range from once a week,
multiple sessions a week and/or intensive therapy for 6 weeks.
Therapeutic options will be discussed with each client after the
evaluation is completed.