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What are communication disorders?

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound. It may be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate one or any combination of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities. (Definition from

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TAASLP is developing consumer tools to help promote the practice of speech language pathology and audiology in Tennessee. Check back soon for more information. In the meantime, please use these links provided by ASHA (the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association):

Hearing and Balance

Speech, Language and Swallowing

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