In my profession, I often encounter individuals with acquired disabilities who experience isolation and loss of self-identity after an accident or life-changing diagnosis. Perhaps you are initially told that you are unable to participate in certain hobbies for a period of time, activities that made you, “you”. Or maybe you enjoyed having conversations and time together with friends and family, but now are concerned about changes in your speech; keeping up with changes in topic; or you simply find the whole interactive process too overwhelming.
These experiences and onset of new emotions are further exacerbated by the physical distance inflicted upon us by the current pandemic. So how do you get out of that hole?
Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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