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When does speech and language delay become speech and language disorder?

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VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Sat 27-Aug-11 17:49:45

I'm just wondering if anyone knows when it changes from being classed as a s&k delay and is classed as a s&l disorder?

Chundle Sat 27-Aug-11 18:18:44

I'm unsure my dd has a delay she's just turned 2. They suspect verbal dyspraxia but said too young to dx so just a delay for now. Perhaps post on special needs section x

ragged Sat 27-Aug-11 18:21:23

You'll need a SALT to have a quality answer; my impression is that language disorder is quite systematic or at any rate, consistent in the language mistakes. Whereas a Delay is more about not getting the sounds of speech right, and maybe because sounds are hard to produce words come out in a wrong order, but this problem is not consistent.

I also suspect it's quite difficult to diagnose LDisorder in children under 5yo or so. But am not an expert!

BlueArmyGirl Sat 27-Aug-11 18:51:18

When langugae is delayed it follows typical patterns of development just more slowly, when it is disordered it doesn't. There's a bit more to it but that's a basic distinction.

lingle Sat 27-Aug-11 19:01:28

I think it's what BlueArmyGirl said.

cat64 Sat 27-Aug-11 19:13:38

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VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Sat 27-Aug-11 20:25:18

Thankyou for your replies. smile

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