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Signed Language Pathology

  • By: Jody H. Cripps & Sheryl B. Cooper
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Articles considering the emerging concept of signed language pathology have identified a variety of signed language disorders, such as signed aphasia, signed stuttering, specific signed language impairment, signed language learning disability, and signed language delay. The diagnosis and treatment of these disorders can be seen as parallel to the field of speech-language pathology. Just as the field of speech-language pathology includes both skills of identifying diagnoses and prescribing therapeutic treatment, the emerging field of signed language pathology must also include both disciplines. Much has been written describing and identifying potential diagnoses for disorders of signed language; less has been written regarding suggestions for treatment.

Aphasia is generally defined as the deterioration of communication due to acquired damage to the nervous system, involving the processes of comprehending ...

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