Communication is an essential part of everyday adult life.

Communicating in daily activities at home, work and in social environments can be a challenge for adults who have difficulty with speaking, reading, writing and understanding language.

Adults with speaking difficulties might stutter, have trouble saying certain sounds correctly or find it hard to think of and get the right words out. These can result in adults feeling anxious about speaking and can contribute to avoiding certain situations such as talking over the phone.

Adults with difficulties understanding spoken language often find it hard to organise and cope with the complexity of language that other adults use. They might not recognise sarcasm or humour and following and taking part in conversations with family, friends and colleagues can be very difficult.

Adults also use reading and writing skills across their everyday life through mailing, phone messaging, emailing, completing forms or university assignments and work reports. Reading and writing difficulties as an adult can make these activities feel like they need a lot of effort which can become very easily frustrating.

Communication difficulties as an adult may also have an impact on emotional and mental well-being. Click here if you have any questions about how speech pathology can help you.

External links: ADULTS

ASHA – Accent Modification
Attitude – What do Language Processing Disorders Look Like in Adults?