What is a language disorder?

What is a language disorder?

A Language Disorder is defined by difficulties in any of the following domains: spoken language expression, spoken language comprehension, written expression, and reading comprehension. A Language Disorder can occur as a delay during childhood development, or it can occur after illness or injury (e.g., stroke or head trauma). A Language Disorder in early childhood may present as talking later than expected and/or difficulty with understanding spoken language resulting in frustration with communication. A Language Disorder persisting into preschool and school-age years may present as difficulties with expressing ideas and telling stories, forming sentences, reading, writing, following directions, answering questions, and participating in conversations.

Assessment:

Language is assessed via a combination of formal testing, informal observation, and extensive interview with the patient and their family. When available, information from teachers is also used to assess language functioning.  

Treatment:

Treatment for deficits of a Language Disorder is individualized for each patient’s specific needs. Treatment trajectories for a Language Disorder can vary greatly in prescribed length.  Parent collaboration and partnership with treating clinicians is an important component of language intervention.