Speech, language and communication impairments – how the practice nurse can help

Pamela M Enderby, Yvonne Wren

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial (Academic Journal)peer-review

81 Downloads (Pure)


Communication is often defined as the ability to impart or exchange information by speaking, writing, gesture or other medium. Such a definition overlooks the importance of communication in being able to express one's personality, engage with friends and family and its centrality to personal development. Communication is key to the development of homo sapiens and thus it is strange that speech and language disorders are often overlooked or not seen as pivotal to a person's quality of life.

There are many medical, surgical, psychological and environmental causes that underlie the various impairments of speech, language and communication. It is likely that such difficulties will have a profound effect on the child or adult by limiting ability to participate in a full life, causing anxiety and frustration to the individual, their friends and family, and limiting educational, recreational and work opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing in Practice
Issue numberFriday 12th August, 2016
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2016


Dive into the research topics of 'Speech, language and communication impairments – how the practice nurse can help'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this