n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - A medical approach to language delay : main topic




Communication is central to the personal development, social interaction and learning ability of a child. <br>Development of communication can therefore be divided into 3 areas, namely production, understanding and communication. <br>A team should do the evaluation of a child who fails to communicate. <br>To play a meaningful role in the team it is important that the doctor understands the terminology used by speech therapists. <br>Language delay may be associated with a wide variety of medical conditions and developmental problems. <br>A doctor must have some idea of normal communication milestones and language patterns. <br>There is wide variability in the rate and extent of speech development. <br>Factors to consider when a child has a developmental delay are the familial pattern of language development, environmental factors and ability to hear. <br>Significant language delay in a child who has normal hearing is a predictor of a learning disability and such children should be referred to a speech and language therapist for evaluation and intervention.


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