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Language Disorders And Ways They Can Be Treated

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Dr.Murli Singh 90% (224ratings)
D.H.L.S, B.A.S.L.P, M.A, B.Ed .SE . ( H.I )
Speech Therapist, Delhi  •  21years experience
Language Disorders And Ways They Can Be Treated

People who suffer from language disorder can have problems in expressing themselves and also in understanding what other people are saying. They seem to interpret things in a completely different manner and out of context. This language disorder, which was previously known as receptive-expressive language disorder, is mostly prevalent among young children.

Around 10 to 15 percent of the cases occur among those, who are under the age of 3. This is according to the University of Mississippi Medical Centre. By the time, children attain the age of 4 years; language ability becomes stable and can get measured in a more accurate fashion, whether or not any deficiency exists.

Before looking into the ways through which language disorders can be treated, we will go deep into the concept and understand better by way of the symptoms related to expression, symptoms related to understanding other people and the causes behind language disorder.

Symptoms and Types

Related to Expression: Language disorder is usually noticed in childhood for the first time. There could be overuse of “uh” and “um” as they are unable to find the right word.

Some other symptoms include:

  • Lack of vocabulary as compared to other children of the same age.

  • Their ability to frame sentences becomes limited.

  • Have problem in using the right set of words to explain something.

  • Children are unable to converse properly with others.

Related to Understanding Others:

Another important aspect of language disorder is when children face the hard time of trying to understand others when they say something. This can lead to face difficulty while following instructions given by others regarding the directions to get to home and school.  Now, if at 1.5 years of age, a child does not respond verbally to questions or at least through a nod or headshake, then that could be a clear case of language disorder.

Causes behind Language Disorder

The cause of this disorder is often not known. There is possibility that genetics and nutrition can have a role but till now they have not been proved.

Language disorder, thereby leading to a delay in language development might well be related to:

Other developmental problems might also arise, including:

  • Loss of hearing

  • A person can become autistic.

  • Learning disability

Treatment Options

The best treatment option for those suffering from language disorder would be speech and language therapy. Both these therapies help in getting people out of the difficulties faced while trying to communicate or even while trying to eat, drink and swallow. The therapists work in tandem with parents, caretakers, doctors and nurses.

Language disorder might well be accompanied by emotional and behavioural problems, which could be treated by way of Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Psychotherapy helps to find out where the problem lies, get to the root of the problem and by making a person expresses his or her problems through careful questioning, can help them get rid of the problems.

10227Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is also a talk therapy, which allows people to manage their problems by helping them change their way of thinking.  In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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