Communication disorders are impairments in the ability to process and understand concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may appear in hearing, language ability, and/or speech processes. Communication disorders are either developmental or acquired.
The Institute for Communication, Language, and Speech Disorders at the Interdisciplinary Clinical Center provides diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services in the fields of communication, language, and speech development, language-learning disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, eating and swallowing disorders, speech motor disorders, voice and resonance disorders and fluency disorders such as stuttering. The Institute offers therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. It provides treatment to children from infancy and accompanies them through development stages and their integration into the educational system.
The Institute implements the latest research findings to design programs to meet individual needs. Therapy is offered individually or in a group setting according to the needs of each client. A senior speech-language pathologist, Ruth Reiner, heads the Institute and its staff of expert speech-language pathologists, most of whom belong to the academic faculty of the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Haifa.