Question 1. What is a communication disorder?

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts of verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound. It may be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate one or any combination of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities. (http://www.asha.org/policy/RP1993-00208/).