Search ASHA Publications About Child Language Development and Disorders
The ASHA Leader and ASHA online journals are excellent sources of materials to supplement your curriculum.
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The ASHA Leader
Selected Online Leader articles about child language development and disorders:
Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Services for People With Severe Disabilities
Many providers struggle to identify effective ways to work with clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Here, a committee of experts offers some advice.
Protecting Children From Toxicants
Clinicians can help educate clients and their families about the risk of developmental disabilities posed by exposure to chemicals.
¿QUÉ PASA?: "What's Happening" in Overcoming Barriers to Serving Bilingual Children?
by Rosa Abreu, Terry Adriatico & AnnMarie DePierro
In a recent survey of audiologists, proposed solutions included language cards, mobile apps, and better education.
Special Education Eligibility: When Is a Speech-Language Impairment Also a Disability?
When a child has a speech or language impairment, do they qualify for special education services? Many SLPs, teachers, and family members are eager to address a child's communication needs but are unfamiliar with the nuances of special education eligibility requirements. Learn what needs to be established and by when to provide the right services for every student.
Auditory Remediation for Patients With Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
Although there is a body of evidence to support medical treatment for LKS, there is limited information about the clinical management for the language disorder or acquired (central) auditory processing disorder [(C)APD].
Assessing Diverse Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Effectively serving students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) requires professionals to possess specialized knowledge, skills, and understanding
New Research Findings: Executive Functions of Adolescents Who Use Cochlear Implants
Speech, language, and other cognitive outcomes for children who are deaf and use cochlear implants can vary due to a number of factors. Understanding and predicting this variability are critically important to families, clinicians, educators, and researchers to establish expectations and contribute to providing effective interventions and educational resources.
Social Communication Strategies for Adolescents With Autism
Adolescence can be a tricky period for everyone, but students with autism spectrum disorders will need some extra coaching when it comes to the oh-so-critical social communication.
Quality of Life of Youth With Hearing Loss
Adolescence is a life stage with rapid and major developmental changes, yet little is known about how these changes influence the quality of life of young people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Resources for Clients With Cranio-Facial Abnormalities
These websites offer clinically practical information for treating children with velo-pharyngeal insufficiency.
Executive Functions and Communication in Adolescents
We think of adolescence as a time of significant physical and psychosocial changes, but it also is a time of significant brain and cognitive development and, related to these developments, significant changes in communication functions.
Identification and Treatment of Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome is an acquired epileptic disorder in children that presents as a sudden or gradual loss of language skills and must have an EEG during sleep to be diagnosed.
How the Brain Thinks in Autism: Implications for Language Intervention
Autism spectrum disoders (ASD) clearly affect social functioning, but also have an impact on the development and use of language that extends beyond pragmatics. Because ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, clinicians will benefit from understanding what is different about the brains of affected individuals.
Talk to Me
New research on facilitating the emergence of spoken language in children with autism will help evaluate the efficacy of various treatment approaches.
Exploring LENA as a Tool for Researchers and Clinicians
The Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) is a new device being marketed to families interested in monitoring their child's language. The authors share their thoughts about this device based on their research findings related to clinical practice.
The SLP and Early Intervention with Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss
Skilled speech-language pathologists are in demand to provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers with hearing loss.
Making a Case for Language Sampling: Assessment and Intervention With (Spanish-English) Second Language Learners
Providing speech-language services to second-language learners is complex. Language sampling is a viable alternative that can be used as an integral component of the assessment protocol.
Child Word Finding: Student Voices Enlighten Us
Learn about the different types of word finding difficulties as well as corresponding assessments, interventions, and accommodations for each of those difficulties.
Speech and Language "Mythbusters" for Internationally Adopted Children
The author explores seven myths surrounding the speech and language development of internationally adopted children and provides evidence that can guide clinical decision making.
Social Communication: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention
Development and support of children's social-communication skills calls for the collaborative effort of parents, teachers, and professionals.
Differential Diagnosis of Severe Speech Impairment in Young Children
Determining the cognitive versus linguistic contributions versus motor impairment directly affects treatment planning for children with severe speech impairments.
Language Outcomes for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Recent research is providing clues about child characteristics and external factors that influence language outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Advancing into the 21st Century: Care for Individuals with Cleft Palate or Craniofacial Differences
One of the greatest challenges in caring for children with cleft palate/lip is enabling the community clinician to provide the highest quality of care.
Cytomegalovirus: A Major Cause of Hearing Loss in Children
CMV is one of the most frequently transmitted common infections that results in hearing loss in children, yet most women in the United States know little about CMV infections and its potential impact on their children.
International Research in Child Language Disorders
Key questions to consider when planning a research project that crosses language and cultural boundaries.
Treatment for Childhood Apraxia of Speech
When you work with a child with apraxia of speech, you gain a greater respect for the complexity of the speech task and why the understanding of motor learning theory is invaluable for treatment.
A Tale of Two Languages
Young bilingual children seem able to understand and use two languages independently of each other as early as 18 months of age.
Psychosocial Development of Children with Hearing Loss
Audiologists can support successful experiences at each developmental stage by working with the child and family.
Assessment and Intervention for Bilingual Children with Phonological Disorders
Providing assessment and intervention to children with phonological disorders is complicated given the lack of understanding of the theories of bilingual phonological representation and the lack of knowledge of current best practices.
A Unique Mind: Learning Style Differences in Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Explore the distinctions between Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism and learning style differences in planning interventions for students.
Closing the Gap in Treatment of Severe Disabilities and Autism
An innovative on-site and online program at Western Carolina University has offered intensive training to graduate students and speech-language pathologists across the country to prepare them to treat severe disabilities and autism.
Children with CHARGE syndrome have multiple congenital anomalies including disorders of all senses and speech, language, feeding, swallowing, and behavior.
Neurotoxicants: Environmental Contributors to Disability in Children
Recent research reveals that exposures to neurotoxicants can have a particularly detrimental impact on brain function and in turn lead to the expression of learning and developmental disabilities.
Language Intervention from a Bilingual Mindset
Development in two languages is in some ways different from monolingual development, but it is not more difficult and does not cause language impairment. Seeing the situation from a bilingual mindset gives clinicians a good start.
Serving Children With Hearing Loss in Public School Settings
Children with hearing loss are entering mainstream education in greater numbers. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists need to address the challenges to ensure student's success.