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Children with language delays and disorders receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment through skilled speech-language pathologists at Illinois State University.

Language Delays

Language Delays in children can affect their ability to understand what is being communicated (receptive language) and/or express their wants and needs (expressive language). Delays in language can be a product of a number of risk factors such as prematurity, gender, environmental factors and familial influences.

Language Disorders

Language Disorders in children occur when a child has persistent difficulty in their ability to understand and/or produce language. For children with suspected or diagnosed language disorders, these difficulties can emerge at preschool and persist through school age and adolescence. Examples of these language issues include following directions, understanding and answering questions, learning new words, or speaking in complete sentences. Language disorders may be due to developmental disorders such as Down syndrome or autism, or from a brain injury, hearing loss, prematurity or unknown origins.

Language Based Learning Disabilities

Language Based Learning Disabilities are another population we serve. These children have difficult with reading, writing and/or spelling. Learning disabilities are life long and are thought to be due to differences in brain structure that are present at birth. It’s important to learn strategies that encourage strengths in learning and also ways to compensate for areas that are difficult.

Assessment and Treatment

Assessment and Treatment services are provided to children whose language problems vary in severity and stem from many causes. The diagnostic process typically consists of gathering a case history, observation, and testing to determine the child’s expressive and receptive language strengths and weaknesses. Following the evaluation, long and short term treatment goals will be determined to help improve the child’s comprehension of spoken and written language, improve their ability to verbally express their thoughts, and/or help a child use alternative modes of communication.

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