The Tragedy of Isolation due to Acquired Communication Disorders: A Call to ActionApr 05, 2023
The devastating effects of acquired communication disorders on individuals and families cannot be overstated. These disorders, which can result from stroke, traumatic brain injury, degenerative diseases, or other causes, can rob individuals of their ability to communicate with others, leaving them feeling frustrated, isolated, and alone.
According to the National Aphasia Association, approximately 2 million Americans are affected by aphasia, a language disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate. Other communication disorders, such as apraxia and dysarthria, also affect a significant number of individuals each year.
The tragedy of these disorders lies not only in the loss of language and communication skills, but also in the social isolation and loneliness that often accompany them. Individuals with communication disorders may find it difficult to engage with others, participate in social events, or even carry out basic daily tasks. This can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation, which can have a profound impact on their quality of life.
It is imperative that we as a society take action to address this issue. This means increasing awareness of acquired communication disorders, providing access to speech therapy and other treatments, help affected individuals overcome the barriers that they face and promote social inclusion for individuals with these disorders by creating more inclusive communities that value and support individuals of all abilities.
We must also work to break down the stigma surrounding communication disorders and recognize that they do not define a person's worth or value. With the right support and resources, individuals with communication disorders can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
To address this critical issue, SLP Neuro Care PLLC has an initiative to raise awareness of acquired communication disorders and advocate for greater support for those affected by these conditions. Through education, outreach, and advocacy, we hope to make a real difference in the lives of individuals with acquired communication disorders and their loved ones.
If you or someone you know has been affected by an acquired communication disorder, we encourage you to reach out for support and resources. Together, we can help break down the barriers that isolate individuals with acquired communication disorders and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to connect, communicate, and thrive.
Nancy Wariari, MHA, MS CCC-SLP
SLP Neuro Care, PLLLC
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