A Language disorder is an impairment in comprehension and/or use of spoken or
written language. A disorder can occur in the areas of form, content and/or use of
- Form refers to any difficulty with syntax, morphology, and phonology. Examples include speaking in poorly constructed sentences, misuse of grammar, and literacy limitations due to difficulty blending sounds, segmenting words and/or discriminating sounds.
- Content refers to any difficulty with the semantic aspect of language. Examples include having a limited vocabulary, finding it difficult to describe objects and events and having trouble following directions and/or answering questions.
- Use refers to the function of language. It includes both verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication. Examples include difficulty imitating and/or maintaining a conversation and detecting the subtle nuances of language (e.g. idioms, humor, multiple-meaning words, inferences).
The above mentioned examples do not encompass every area of language. If your are
concerned about your child's language development please speak to his/her teacher or
a member of the Child Study Team as language evaluations are under the umbrella of
the Child Study Team.