Reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disorders, this groundbreaking international volume brings this vast and complex field together for the first time. The editors have collected together the world’s leading academic scholars and clinicians, to explore how current research across a range of different disciplines can inform academic knowledge and clinical practice and help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders is a central reference in the field for all academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students involved in the study of developmental disorders, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.

Chapter 17: Developmental Language Disorders: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Developmental Language Disorders: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Developmental language disorders: Lifetime course and strategies for intervention
RheaPaul, KimberlyGilbert

Language is a fundamental means by which humans interact; consequently, any disruption in its acquisition will have negative effects on social and academic development. As a unique feature of the human mind, any disturbance in cognitive growth can affect language development. For this reason, disorders of language development typically accompany a variety of conditions, including hearing impairment, mental retardation, autism, and fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as disruptions in development that accompany environmental trauma such as abuse and neglect. In this chapter, however, we focus on disorders of language development that are relatively circumscribed.

The term developmental language disorder (DLD) is the label that is now generally accepted ...

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