This means that one in seven people has a problem communicating or understanding others in their daily life. Each of them may suffer isolation, withdrawal, frustration, anger or embarrassment from time to time as they try to communicate their needs, ideas and opinions.
Communication disabilities can vary in their severity however even mild communication problems can have far reaching effects for the individual and their friends and family. Some communication problems can be temporary and easily remediated through therapy but other communication problems can be life-long requiring ongoing support and guidance from a speech pathologist at different stages of a person’s life.
The role of speech pathologists is to advocate strongly for appropriate care and services for people with communication disabilities throughout their lifespan.