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.
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
- 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.
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