Language in Kids Who Are Maltreated or Exposed Prenatally to Drugs or Alcohol
Language in Kids Who Are Maltreated or Exposed Prenatally to Drugs or Alcohol
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Children who experience stress and trauma in utero and early infancy, as well as those who are maltreated as they grow up, are at a higher risk for many medical, developmental, psychological, and emotional problems, including deficiencies in language skills due to brain dysfunction or lack of adequate stimulation. SLPs should be aware of the impact that maltreatment and prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol can have on a child’s development to ensure appropriate assessment and treatment. This journal self-study includes research articles that explore the effect of maltreatment on language as well as what impact prenatal exposure to cocaine, alcohol, and other medical and environmental factors may have on language development. This information will help clinicians tease out small language differences that may relate to social and academic difficulties that cannot be explained otherwise.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of common pre-, peri-, and neonatal conditions on the development of specific language impairment
  • List reasons for language difficulties in children who are maltreated
  • Explain how subtle differences in language and social communication can affect academic performance in children who are maltreated or exposed prenatally to drugs and alcohol
  • Apply knowledge about the role prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol, as well as maltreatment, has on a child’s language development to assessment and treatment

What is a journal self-study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure.

Learning Assessment
Online, multiple-choice exam

Continuing Education

0.45
4.5
10/24/2019 to 10/23/2021
Intermediate

Product Information

Item #(s): WEB2660
Client Age: Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Language: English

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