Communication disabilities refer to a number of disorders that affect the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech production. Young children who experience communication disabilities may demonstrate a range of difficulties that impact their everyday functioning and participation in the classroom. This entry provides information about the various types of communication disabilities, their possible causes, and related disorders. It then describes a case example to explain the implications of communication disabilities for early learning and give examples of best practices for early intervention and the classroom.

Types and Causes of Communication Disabilities

Communication disabilities can be categorized into three broad types: speech, language, and hearing, all of which can be further subcategorized. This section explains each of these categories.

Speech Disabilities

Speech disorders are those that affect the articulation of ...

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