Communication Disorders

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  • Features – Types:  Expressive language disorder (difficulty using vocabulary and tenses), Mixed receptive-expressive (difficulty understanding language), Phonological (difficulty making speech sounds), and Stuttering
  • 5% of school age children, first evident at 3 years of age, episodes of emotional stress can exacerbate the disorder, recovery occurs in 50% of the cases
  • Treatment – speech therapy, stress reduction, counseling, special education
  • Associated features – learning disorders, behavioral problems, developmental delays