To understand and to be understood are essential skills in today’s society. People who have communication difficulties may experience isolation from friends, family, and colleagues and often from education and employment settings as well. Communication disabilities may affect all age groups, from infants to the elderly.

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Reading Difficulties

Many people struggle with reading. Start by determining where in the reading process the trouble is occurring.

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Receptive Language

People of all ages may experience challenges understanding what they hear. This is called “receptive language”. 

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Selective Mutism

Children with selective mutism typically do not speak at school which can have a negative impact on academic and social success.

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Slurred Speech

This type of speech is when an individual uses unclear words which makes it difficult to understand them when they speak.

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Social Difficulties/Pragmatic Disorder

Social language skills can be described as the way in which we communicate verbally and non-verbally with the world around us.

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Speech Clarity

Speech clarity (intelligibility) significantly impacts the ability of an individual to get their message across.

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The severity of the stroke depends on the amount of damage and the location of the injured area in the brain. 

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When a person stutters, we sometimes say that their speech is “dysfluent” because the flow of speech is interrupted.

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Swallowing Disorders

Being able to swallow our saliva or food is something that we do constantly and is a necessity if we are going to live a healthy life.

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