Early Childhood Development: Predictors of Future Communication Challenges
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Speech-language pathologists working with young children in
early intervention and other settings are faced with the difficult task of
determining a child’s prognosis during a time of rapid change in the child’s
development. Special circumstances, such as a child’s hearing impairment,
suspected autism spectrum disorder, or adoption from a non-English-speaking
country, further complicate the clinician’s charge. This journal self-study
explores the prelinguistic skills underlying speech and language development
and the impact early delays may have on later communication proficiency. The
articles in the self-study explain clinical indicators to help identify those
children who are at risk for delays. The articles also discuss various
assessment and intervention tools to use with young children to assist in
You will be able to:
how delays in prelinguistic skills may affect later speech and language
research findings regarding predictors of later language delays during
assessments of infants and toddlers to better determine prognoses
red flags that may indicate the need for further evaluation or monitoring in
special populations, such as internationally adopted children who have limited
exposure to English
how even minor early language delays may impact future communication
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. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.
Online, multiple-choice exam