Speech & Language
When speech is unclear or not fluent, it can be difficult to communicate to share experiences. In some cases, this can even be compounded by additional social anxiety. Social language is also important for building relationships and sharing experiences. One needs to understand the unspoken social rules of the situation and adjust behaviour accordingly. By taking the perspective of those around us, we can build connections with them and foster the intricate interplay that is social thinking and relationship-building. A Speech-Language Pathologist understands the subtle and often contradictory nuances of this communication ‘dance’ and can implement strategies and methods to help support this in order to improve quality of life through improved social interactions.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
CAPD can affect the processing and understanding of other people’s speech. Difficulties are further compounded by problems processing speech in the presence of background noise, so CAPD can have a massive impact on one’s quality of life. By working with an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist to properly diagnose and treat CAPD, one can see vast improvements in their social relationships.
The ability to sustain attention on others and monitor our own behaviour within a social situation is crucial to social success and relationship-building. Those with attention difficulties can find building positive social relationships challenging, even though they are motivated to do so. Rigorous assessment and treatment with a Psychologist, Paediatrician and Speech-Language Pathologist can improve social thinking and connection-building abilities to improve relationships and overall social awareness and success. This can lead to huge improvements in overall quality of life.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
While those diagnosed with ASD are highly motivated to participate in social life and form relationships with other people, they can have difficulty with the social perspective-taking and social insight needed to form connections and foster relationships. Not only affecting peer relationships, this can also affect their ability to engage in rich relationships with parents and family members, as it can be difficult to see and understand social cues. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a Psychologist and Speech-Language Pathologist can be a great first step. Speech-Language Pathologists are also highly skilled at analysing communication and supporting the person with ASD to understand the intricate ‘dance’ of social communication. Gains in this aspect of communication can have a great impact on one’s overall quality of life and happiness, so is a crucial part of the management plan.
Dyspraxia of speech (sometimes called Childhood Apraxia of Speech) affects one’s ability to plan and execute the movements needed to speak. Speech sounds very unclear and can be very slow to produce. Not only does this interrupt the flow of a conversation, but it can be extremely difficult for communication partners to understand. Even though someone with Apraxia of Speech may be very bright and have lots of wonderful things to say, communicating with the spoken word is very difficult. In extreme cases, this can lead to social isolation and social anxiety. A Speech-Language Pathologist can look at the very fine patterns of movement for speech to properly diagnose and treat speech disorders. Gains can be significant and long lasting.