Developmental language disorders

Kate Nation*

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    Difficulty with language is one of the most common reasons for referral to health professionals during the pre-school years. Language difficulties are associated with many developmental disorders such as autism but for children with specific language impairment (SLI), language problems are relatively specific. SLI is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a heritable bases. Patterns of inheritence are complex suggesting multiple genes operating probabilistically alongside multiple environmental risk factors. This complexity is mirrored by a complex and heterogenous phenotype. Children with persistent language inpairment are at risk of psychosocial and behaviour problems as well as poor literacy and low educational achievement. A challenge for future work is to understand how genetic and environmental factors impinge on brain development, as well as to develop and refine methods of assessment and intervention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)114-117
    Number of pages4
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005


    • child psychiatry
    • comorbidity
    • developmental disorders specific language impairment
    • FOXP2
    • language
    • literacy
    • neurodevelopmental disorder


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