Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Speech-Language Disorders Are Often Mistaken for Bad Behavior

According to The Guardian, it's important to give teachers the training and resources to spot signs of a speech-language disorder, get a formal evaluation and prevent a student from being branded as a "bad kid."

Developmental language disorders are surprisingly common; our recent population study revealed that 7.5% of children starting in a mainstream reception classroom in Surrey had clinically significant language deficits that impacted on their ability to learn in the classroom. That is two children in every class of 30!

This means that language disorder is far more common than other childhood conditions that are more familiar to the general public, such as autism and dyslexia. Developmental language disorder is probably the most common childhood condition you have never heard of.

One reason is that language disorders are often misinterpreted as bad behaviour. Language is a great tool for regulating our emotions and behaviour and is also necessary for understanding what others are saying to us, following instructions, negotiating with others, and explaining how we feel.

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