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Children's speech and language difficulties 

Children's speech and language difficulties
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Children's speech and language difficulties
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Judy Clegg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0222
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date: 23 August 2019

Speech and language difficulties have a significant impact on the lives of children and their families. This chapter will give an overview of the types of speech and language difficulties children present with and how these are generally classified and diagnosed. Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and speech and language difficulties associated with child psychiatric disorder, specifically disorders of attention and selective mutism will be a focus. The life course of children with speech and language impairments will be described through childhood, adolescence, and adult life. Current management approaches will be presented and evaluated and strategies for effective communication considered.

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