Language Disorders in Children

Think your child might have a language disorder? Here’s what to look out for.

WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI

 

A child with a language disorder has difficulties with learning and using language skills. For instance, the child might find it hard to understand what other people are saying, or has trouble putting his thoughts into words. If the child is multilingual, the language difficulties will typically be present in all the languages.

 

Symptoms

According to speech therapist at Singapore General Hospital, Lim Hui Zhen, a child with a language disorder may find it hard to:

  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Learn and understand grammar and sentence structures
  • Learn to read and write
  • Express thoughts and ideas into words
  • Follow long and complex instructions
  • Use language in social settings

 

Treatment

Speech therapy, aimed at specific language skills the child has difficulties with, is recommended to treat children with this disorder. “The choice of therapy goals are also based on the child’s needs at home and in school,” says Lim, “For example, speech therapy may aim to improve the child’s ability to follow instructions in class, the child’s ability to sequence and describe events, or work on the child’s ability to maintain a topic in a social conversation.”

 

 

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