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Oakland County Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION
from Ellen Bouchard

BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN ONE’S EVERYDAY, REAL-WORLD ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO GET ONE’S NEEDS MET

EXAMPLES OF NOT BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE
FUNCTIONALLY INCLUDE:

bulletDISORGANIZED AND CONFUSED THOUGHTS AND IDEAS
bulletFORGETFULNESS
bulletVERBAL OUTBURSTS
bulletVERBAL IMPULSIVITY

REAL- WORLD ACTIVITIES INVOLVE DAILY LIVING, WORK, SOCIAL, ACADEMIC, LEISURE, OR COMMUNITY EVENTS

KNOWING AND BEING ABLE TO USE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS IS NECESSARY FOR
SUCCESSFUL DAILY LIVING

MANY RESEARCHERS CONCLUDE THAT INEFFECTIVE
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS ARE A MAJOR CA USE OF POOR LONG
TERM OUTCOMES
(Ben-Yishay, Silver, Piasetsky, & Rattok, 1987, Lezak, 1987, Malkmus,1989, Prigatano, 1987)

NOT BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE ON A FUNCTIONAL LEVEL
CAN LEAVE ONE ISOLATED

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