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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Speech Therapy Associates of South Florida (STAFL) works with adults and children with a variety of conditions. The following pages are meant to provide information and educate visitors to this website on some of the most often diagnosed conditions. These pages are not intended to be a comprehensive list of STAFL's areas of specialization.

 

Although speech and language are often used interchangeably, they are actually two separate aspects of verbal communication.

 

SPEECH  refers to the motor movements necessary to produce speech and includes the following:

 

Articulation is how speech sounds are made;

 

Phonology isthe particular speech patterns used;

 

Fluency is stuttering; and

 

Voice is the problems with how the voice sounds

LANGUAGE refers to how one  understands what is heard, read or seen and how words are organized to express thoughts. Language disorders are categorized according to which aspect of one's language is disordered.

 

Receptive language refers to how we understand what we hear, see or read.

 

Expressive language refers to our difficulty using words to express thoughts and ideas.

 

Pragmatic language refers to the manner in which we communicate with one another.

 

Should you require information on a condition that has not been featured here, please do not hesitate to contact STAFL via email at speechrehab@stafl.net, via the Contact Us tab or by calling our office at 305.851.6949.