Acquired Neurological Disorders

Graduate students collaborating with client to develop a home exercise program.

In the Acquired Neurological Disorders (AND) track, our graduate student clinicians work 1:1 to provide services to individuals with communication impairments, cognitive-communication, or swallowing problems caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other forms of neurological conditions or trauma.

Our experienced clinical supervisors, with a combined professional experience spanning more than 60 years in the field of acquired neurological disorders, guide our graduate student clinicians from behind the scenes. Our students provide comprehensive assessments, and implement personalized treatment plans that focus on improving the cognitive, communicative or swallowing skills that have diminished.

Many of our clients are provided with individually tailored ‘Home Programs’, that facilitate the use of practiced strategies / techniques in the real world. Our clinicians work closely with clients and family members to establish home programs that best fit each individual’s needs.

We work with patients with diagnoses including:

  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Dysarthria
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits
  • Dysphagia (swallowing)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease

In addition to 1:1 therapy sessions, we also run a variety of weekly groups. These allow clients to put into practice what they have learned in therapy, in a safe setting that can be more natural and social than an individual session. Group therapy often provides much needed emotional support - we believe that it is vitally important for clients to realize that they are not alone, and the sense of community established amongst group members is incredibly valuable.

Our groups are divided into treatment areas and include Aphasia groups, Social Communication (Pragmatics) groups, and our Parkinson’s disease ‘Loud Crowd’ (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment carryover group).

Sliding scales fees are available to assist all individuals in obtaining our services.

Michael J. Bamdad

Professor Bamdad is the Clinic Director, Chair of Graduate Admissions, and a supervisor in the Acquired Neurological Disorders (AND) clinical track.


Professor Clare is a clinical supervisor for both the Acquired Neurological Disorders (AND) and Fluency Disorders clinical tracks.

Melanie-Joy H Dorn

Professor Dorn is a clinical supervisor in the Acquired Neurological Disorders (AND) Track and an academic instructor.