Adults may experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons. This may include a person's ability to speak clearly, understand others or express their wants and needs. This may occur as a result of diseases such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson's Disease or other medical conditions.
Adults may also experience difficulties with stuttering/fluency and voice disorders. A voice disorder is a condition affecting features of your voice that will compromise your ability to use your voice normally. It can affect one or all of the aspects of your voice , including pitch, volume, quality (e.g. hoarseness), and resonance (e.g. sounding nasal).
Anyone, irrespective of age or gender can be affected by a voice disorder, however people who are required to use their voice excessively for work (e.g. teachers, call centre operators) are more likely to develop a voice disorder, particularly if care is not taken.
Speech pathologists can assist with communication difficulties, rehabilitation post-stroke, following loss of voice, and assist in modifying accents.