Both of my children have had, have "speech, language and communication" problems. They have received therapy at different levels and still have professional input in their lives.
When I was baptised into the realms of SLCD it was a complete shock for me. I have always been an excellant communicator, indeed, my apraisals regularly commended me for "being able to communicate on all levels..." what this meant was, as my job as a buyer I was able to speak to production line workers and company directors alike, achieving my objectives with success.
I got good grades in English Literature and English Language, I have always loved to read and write so this disorder was a culture shock.
One cannot imagine how awful it is not to be able to communicate. This is how it affects you;
1. You don't "get" the subtle jokes
2. You can't express how you are feeling
3. You have great ideas in your head but you just cant make people understand[
4. You know what you mean, why doesnt anyone else
Oh, I could go on and on and on.......
I have adopted the word "hamsters" because my boys hamsters, Penny and Blossom are important to them. Their hamsters understand them without question and they understand their hamsters.