Socialization is the process by which one engages in both learning and contributing to the norms, values, and behaviors of a culture. The process of socialization begins at birth with interactions between infant and caregivers and continues throughout the lifetime between an individual and family, peers, institutions, media, and communities. An individual with decreased ability to participate in the socialization activities that are a part of everyday life is at risk of missing important opportunities to learn the language and social interactional practices that are necessary to be a successful participant in their culture. This entry provides an overview of how socialization relates to issues and topics in communicative sciences and disorders across the life span.

Socialization is central to assessment and intervention for individuals ...

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