What is a communication difficulty?
This can make it hard to do everyday things like:
talk on the phone
read a book
|listen to friends
Finding it hard to communicate may have a:
- small impact, or
- big impact on a person's life.
- People of all ages can find it hard to communicate.
- Some people find it hard to communicate for a short time.
- Some people find it hard to communicate all of the time.
Finding it hard to communicate can be caused by many things.
It may be caused by:
- hearing loss
- cerebral palsy
- brain injury
- head and neck cancer
- primary progressive aphasia
- Parkinson's disease
- multiple sclerosis
- Friedreich's ataxia
- growing older
Examples of people who find it hard to communicate:
- A baby born with a hearing loss.
- A two year old child who is unable to say any words.
- A school aged child who finds it hard to read and write. This can make school work hard.
- A young man who had a car accident. He may find it hard to understand people.
- A middle aged woman who had a stroke. She may only be able to say a few words.
- A 65 year old man with Parkinson’s disease. He may find it hard to speak loudly and clearly.
- An older person who has problems hearing.
What is a communication disability?
- This is a technical term.
- It may be used when people find it hard to communicate.
- Some people do not like the word 'disability'
- This website uses the term 'difficulty'.
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