Social Functioning in Children With Language Impairments

Martin Fujiki & Bonnie Brinton

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Social Functioning in Children With Language Impairments

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  • Children with language impairment (LI) have difficulty acquiring language in the face of relatively typical cognitive, sensory, and neurological development. Although this classic definition also implies unremarkable social growth, recent work has revealed that many of these children experience social difficulties. Research examining the social and emotional development of children with LI has identified a variety of concerns. Problems may appear early in development, continue through the preschool and elementary school years, and persist through adolescence into adulthood. The social challenges these individuals face change as the social context changes, however. In toddlers, these problems may be manifested as difficulties in social interaction. Preschoolers with LI may also have problems interacting with other children and be poorly accepted by peers. Preschoolers and elementary-school age children ...

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