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Case illustrating the evaluation of speech and language impairment in children

Authors
James Carter, MA, CCC-SLP
Karol Musher, MA, CCC-SLP
Section Editors
Teresa K Duryea, MD
Marilyn Augustyn, MD
Deputy Editor
Mary M Torchia, MD

INTRODUCTION

Children learn language in early childhood; later they use language to learn. Children with language disorders are at increased risk for difficulty with reading and written language when they enter school [1-4]. These problems often persist through adolescence or adulthood. Early intervention may prevent the more serious consequences of later learning disabilities. (See "Specific learning disabilities in children: Clinical features".)

Speech and language evaluation in children has three components:

To determine whether an impairment in communication skills exists

To specify the nature of any impairments

To initiate appropriate intervention strategies

       
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