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Communication (Speech/Language) Disorder Concordia University Nicole Costello, MSW Communication Disorders are disorders in either speech or in language. Hallahan, Kauffman and Pullen (2015) define Speech disorder as “Impairments in the production and use of oral language” (p. 237). According to Hallahan, et al. a communication disorder impairs the ability to transmit or receive ideas, facts, feelings, and desires and may involve language or speech or both, including hearing, listening, reading, or writing (p. 236). This all impacts how a student speaks, how they make sounds and how they understand what is said to them. There is a variance in the causes for Communication Disorders because each Communication Disorder is different and there may not be just one cause. Students who have a communication disorder may be average in cognitive, social, and emotional development. Communication Disorders tend to occur more frequently among students of lower intellectual ability (Hallahan, p. 235) therefore it is very important for teaching staff to address communication skills in order for students to be engaged and participate in a school setting. If students are able to communicate their ideas and thoughts with other students and with adults then negative behaviors can occur and increase as a result. This impacts student education greatly as students with Communication Disorders may not have the appropriate language/communication skills available to them in order to problem solve when negative behaviors arise.
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