The ability to communicate verbally through spoken or written words comes so easily to most of us that we simply take it for granted. For approximately 10% of the population, however, the ability to communicate with clarity, precision and confidence across social, academic and vocational settings is not so easy.
Typically we become aware of communication problems when a child is not developing speech, language and fluency skills in the same way as other children of the same age. For some children, the development of speech and language skills follows a normal course but is slower than expected; for others, there are weaknesses that, if left untreated, can bring about long-term consequences.
Occasionally, challenges involving speech, language, and fluency skills become evident as demands and expectations increase at school, at work and in social settings.
The inability to communicate effectively and efficiently can erode self-confidence, lead to isolation, and draw individuals into making important life decisions based on feelings of inadequacy. With appropriate and timely intervention most communication delays and disorders can be helped – at any age.