Signs of Language Disorder

A Language Disorder may occur as part of another condition, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Acquired Brain Injury or in isolation as a Developmental Language Disorder.

Language disorder is a neurodevelopmental disability that impacts a child’s ability to understand and use language. Difficulties using and understanding language impact children and young people’s everyday social interactions and education.

Listed below are some “red flags” that may indicate a Language Disorder:

  • Reduced babbling
  • Limited use of gestures (e.g. waving, pointing)
  • Family history of Language Disorder
  • Difficulties understanding
  • Difficulties combining words to make sentences
  • Behavioural concerns
  • Educational concerns
  • Parental or teacher concern

Children and young people with Language Disorder may also present with:

  • Attentional problems such as ADHD
  • Motor problems such as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
  • Reading and spelling difficulties
  • Emotional and Behavioural concerns

Red Flags for Language Disorder

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