Communication Issues

Girl gazingCommunication issues are experienced by almost everybody.   Sometimes this means that we can’t communicate what we feel or need, maybe because we feel like we don’t know the right words to say or simply how to say it. This can sometimes cause other people to misunderstand us or give others the impression that we have understood them, when in fact we haven’t.  We may deal with this by blaming others or ourselves, becoming angry or avoiding a situation.

This inability to convey what we mean or want often leads to:

• Confusion
• Relationships difficulties
• Misunderstandings
• Arguing
• Anger
• Anxiety

Why does this happen?

Communication issues usually stem from a lack of assertiveness and from a fear of being judged.  Sometimes unproductive communication can become a habit that we are no longer aware of.  Childhood experiences can also play a part in how we deal with our emotions and behaviours as adults.  For example, we may be imitating communication strategies modeled by our parents as we were growing up.

The team of psychologists and therapists at Aspire Health & Psychology in Newport can help you develop the necessary skills for effective communication.  This can be done by learning:

• How to communicate assertively
• Active listening
• Recognising unhelpful behaviours and patterns
• Emotional regulation
• Changing communication habits

To make an appointment with one of the psychologists at Aspire Health & Psychology contact us on (03) 9391 9866.

Communication Issues in Children

Communication issues are among the most common, and most overlooked problems experienced by children.  The overall estimate for speech and language disorders is widely agreed to be 5% of school-aged children.  Boys are diagnosed with communication disorders more often than girls.  Children with communication disorders frequently have other psychiatric disorders as well.

“Having a communication disorder doesn’t make me stupid, it just means it’s harder for me to tell people what I think.  I communicate and receive messages in ‘short hand’.  This means that I miss out on lots of words in sentences and get the order of words and letters mixed up.  It happens when I talk, read, write, and listen, even send SMS messages.  Using sign language and talking at the same time is the easiest for me, but most people can’t sign.”

Communication Disorders reflect an underlying dysfunction in the verbal exchange of thoughts and feelings with others.  Effective communication involves three components: (1) language, (2) speech, and (3) social communication.  Children can develop disorders in each of these three domains.  Speech and language impairments include articulation problems, voice disorders, fluency problems (such as stuttering), aphasia (difficulty in using words, usually as a result of a brain injury), and delays in speech and/or language.

Causes of communication disorders are usually complex.  Communication disorders may be developmental or acquired.  The cause may be related to biological problems such as abnormalities of brain development, or possibly by exposure to toxins during pregnancy.  Some causes of speech and language disorders include hearing loss, neurological disorders, brain injury, mental retardation, drug abuse, physical impairments such as cleft lip or palate, and vocal abuse or misuse.  Frequently, however, the cause is unknown.

Young children with communication disorders may not speak at all, or may have a limited vocabulary for their age.  Some children with communication disorders have difficulty understanding simple directions or are unable to name objects.  Most children with communication disorders are able to speak by the time they enter school, however, they continue to have problems with communication.  School-aged children often have problems understanding and formulating words.  Teens may have more difficulty with understanding or expressing abstract ideas.

The psychologists at Aspire Health & Psychology in Newport use a variety of different  psychological therapies including Behaviour Modification, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to help deliver positive outcomes and better health to their clients.

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