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Communication Disorders

Communication disorders may be characterized as deficits or impairments in speech, language, and hearing. Communication is central to the transmission of ideas and thought. It directly impacts people's ability to express themselves, exchange ideas, and interact with others in their environment. Further, in the process of communication, learning takes place. Language is fundamental to a child's overall development, which includes growth in social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Conversely, impairment in a child's speech and/or language is associated with behavior problems, academic achievement, and emotional and psychiatric problems.

This article provides an overview of communication disorders. More specifically, definitions of language, speech, and hearing disorders, as well as etiology, assessment methodology, and intervention strategies are provided.

Language Disordersy

Language disorders consist of expressive, receptive, or mixed expressive–receptive impairments. ...

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