Relationship Challenges as a Result of Speech and Language Difficulties

Author and speaker Anthony Robbins has observed that, “the way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” It also determines the quality of our relationships.

There is nothing more important to any relationship than communication. The ability to make the thoughts and feelings of our minds and hearts known to others is an essential part of what it means to be human. So if communication is impaired in some way relationships can become strained.

When speech and language difficulties arise suddenly, as the result of a disease or disability for example, the potential for communication challenges increase. Suddenly, there may be higher needs in the relationship and a spouse or life partner might find themselves in the unanticipated role of caregiver. Both individuals may experience a great deal of frustration resulting from the loss of communication skills.

At S.L. Hunter & Associates, our team of Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants consider all the needs of the individual when establishing a relationship with a new client. Counseling may be incorporated into therapy to help caregivers develop realistic expectations for improvement as well as strategies for responding appropriately when challenges arise. Clients and their families are involved in the therapy process to help everyone understand the impact the disorder may be having on their loved one.

If you or a loved one struggles to communicate you are not alone. Communication disorders can develop at any age. According to the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, one out of 10 Canadians lives with a serious communication disorder.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. They can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at