Communication Disorders

  • A communication disorder is an impairment on the ability to receive, send, process and comprehend concepts or verbal, non verbal and graphic symbol systems.
  • A speech disorder is an impairment of the articulation of speech sounds, fluency or voice.
  • An articulation disorder is the atypical production of speech sounds.
  • A fluency disorder is an interruption in the flow of speaking.
  • A voice disorder is an abnormal production or absence of voice quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and duration that is not appropriate for the child's age.
  • A language disorder is impaired comprehension or use of spoken, written and other symbol systems.
  • Hearing Disorder is an impaired auditory sensitivity of the psychological auditory system.

Teaching Strategies I can use when working with children with communication disorders

  1. I will use active listening
  2. I will use tactile and visual cues.
  3. I will make sure I am speaking directly to the student
  4. I will make sure to have patience when student is speaking.

Roughly 5% of children are noticeably affected by speech disorders. Many do not have an identifiable cause.

Approximately 400,000 individuals in the U.S. have autism.

Noise, trauma and ear infections are some of the largest causes of permanent hearing impairments.

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