This entry provides an overview of the areas of age and aging as applied to the study of communication disorders. The notion of chronological age is considered and an outline of both speech and language development given in terms of chronological age. The entry is also concerned with normal aging, and examples are given of areas where normal aging may see some deterioration in communicative abilities.


Chronological age is often of interest in descriptions of clients with communication disorders. Although this may be most important in the description of children, chronological age also needs to be recorded for adults with acquired disorders. One of the most common ways of denoting chronological age in client reports and in the academic literature is to note the years and ...

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