Diagnosing Language Impairments

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  • A diagnosis is a clinical judgment regarding the presence or absence of a particular condition, such as language impairments in children. In some cases, it may be possible to identify the etiology of the language impairment (e.g., secondary to autism, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, etc.). However, often a diagnosis of specific language impairment is made, suggesting that there is no comorbid condition that explains the presence of the language impairment. Clinically, a determination of etiology is not necessary to treat language impairment if the characteristics of the condition have been thoroughly described and appropriate objectives for language therapy identified.

    The diagnosis of language impairment is made only after a thorough assessment has been conducted, resulting data have been analyzed and interpreted, and cultural influences have ...

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