Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Communication Ability

  • Jon G. LyonEmail author
  • Sarah E. Wallace
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_873


Commonly refers to the ease, efficiency, and accuracy of the exchange of information or content between parties regardless of form, that is, communication may occur in the following forms: speaking; writing; listening; gesturing; seeing; drawing, pointing to pictures, letters, and words;, or selecting messages on computerized augmentative and assistive communication devices. Human communication relies primarily on the preservation and maintenance of key social and interpersonal bonds (i.e., staying close and connected with individuals who matter most in daily life). Thus, effective communication depends as much on nonverbal behaviors such as facial expression, touch, and vocal intonation as on the exchange of words. Acquired communication deficits can occur in the absence of a notable loss in intelligence or nonlinguistic cognitive functions due to a loss of language ability, impaired motor speech skills, or voice disorders (e.g., aphasia, dysarthria, dysphonia/aphonia, and...

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References and Readings

  1. Beukelman, D., & Mirenda, P. (2013). Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs (4th ed.). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MazomanieUSA
  2. 2.John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health SciencesDepartment of Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA