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Communication Disorders

 What is an anxiety disorder?

 A behavioral condition that largely encompasses irrational fear. While anxiety is often part of one’s normal life, when one has an anxiety disorder, his/her anxiety never fades, or even worsens with time. There are many types of anxiety disorders ranging from social anxiety disorder to panic anxiety disorder. Anxiety di sorders interfere with routine acts, for example relationships or work performance.

What is a communication disorder?

A communication disorder is a behavioral condition that affects one's ability to build or maintain interpersonal relationships with others. Social communication refers to use of language (syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) to interact with others in a host of situations. A communication disorder is one’s ability to detect, understand, and apply speech to fully engage in conversation effectively and efficiently with others.

 

Who is affected by communication disorders?

According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 8% of adults in the United States has some form of communication disorder. This statistic means that around 3 million adults between ages 18 - 54 have some sort of communication disorder. The prevalence of communication disorders in young children is around 9 percent.

How does one acquire a communication disorder?

The reason one gets a communication disorder is unknown, but it is not a result of a personality flaw, poor upbringing environment, nor a personal defect. The latest research suggests that it is a result of a myriad of factors, including different brain structuring or functioning. Furthermore, communication disorders are partly genetic so the probability of acquiring a communication disorder from a parent or both parents is greater than if one’s parents do not have a communication disorder.

 

What learning aids help those with communication disorders?

There are many methods to help those with communication disorders learn how to most effectively communicate. The following are a few strategies that help combat this disability:

  • Speech-language pathologists can assist in training individuals to effectively communicate.

  • Organization of thoughts and writing ideas out before execution can be effective in helping an individual communicate efficiently.

 

How do we help those with communication disorders rise from poverty?

The Elevator Project can help those with communication disorders because through our customized and tailored floor plan that specifically addresses the needs of those with communication disorders. Learn more about special needs floor plan and how it can support you here.