Being ignored, excluded, or avoiding socialising
Being ignored or excluded from interaction can negatively impact a person’s confidence. It can result in loneliness and isolation, depression, anxiety and fear.
A person's ability to speak may not represent their interest and ability to interact and communicate. But sometimes other people assume it does.
‘If you want to know what it is like to be unable to speak, there is a way. Go to a party and don’t talk... Here is what you will find: people talking; talking behind, beside, around, over, under, through and even for you. But never with you. You are ignored...’
Rick Creech, advocate of independent living and independence through AAC (Source in Learn More)
Trying to overcome communication barriers can take a lot of energy. Having to say something over and over until someone understands you is very tiring. This is why communication partners need to be sensitive to fatigue and energy levels.