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Stuttering Problems

There are many stuttering problems for people who stutter. People with an established stutter are aware of the negative effect of repetitions, prolongations, hesitations and blocks on their speech. Their stutter (stammer) may be accompanied by facial tics and uncontrolled body movements. Stuttering can lead to the avoidance of certain activities and to social isolation.

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Static Non-Verbal Communication

Non-verbal communication uses several components to intentionally or unintentionally pass messages to others. Some of these components are static, i.e. they do not change during the course of an encounter. Static non-verbal communication components include such things as hair color, body shape and cosmetic makeup.

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Dynamic Non-Verbal Communication

Dynamic non-verbal communication uses components that change during the course of an encounter. These are the components typically thought of as body language, i.e. gestures, facial expression, eye movement, and similar.

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Communication Problems

Communication problems are variously described as communication disabilities, a communication disorder or simply as trouble talking. The ways in which effective communication may be disrupted are vast. However, we can begin to understand these in relation to a communication model known as The Communication Chain. This model helps us classify communication disabilities according to the level at which a disruption occurs: linguistic, physiological or acoustic. We will see that language difficulties are generally a product of disruption at the linguistic level and speech difficulties are largely a result of disruptions at the physiological level.

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Good Communication Skills

There is no universal answer to the question, “How can I improve my communication skills?” It depends on your reason for communicating. Speech therapists attempt to prevent or alleviate communication problems (communication difficulties) in persons with language, speech, fluency or voice difficulties. But they also have suggestions for good communication skills for adults when speaking with children. This article provides 12 simple strategies for effective verbal communication when speaking with young children.

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Word-Finding Difficulty

Good communication skills require speakers to use lexical words, function words and inserts appropriately. Communication breakdown can occur in a communication disorder known as a word-finding difficulty.

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Type-Token Ratio

The type-token ratio (TTR) is a measure of vocabulary variation within a written text or a person’s speech. The type-token ratios of two real world examples are calculated and interpreted. The type-token ratio is shown to be a helpful measure of lexical variety within a text. It can be used to monitor changes in children and adults with vocabulary difficulties.

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