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Signs of Developmental Language Disorder

Here are some signs and characteristics associated with Developmental Language Disorder:

  • Late language milestones

  • Delayed onset of first words and phrases.

  • Slower development of vocabulary compared to peers.

  • Difficulty learning and using new words.

  • Limited range of vocabulary for age.

  • Difficulty with the rules of grammar, including sentence structure and verb conjugation.

  • Limited use of complex or varied sentence structures.

  • Challenges in understanding and following spoken or written instructions.

  • Misinterpretation of complex or multi-step directions.

  • Difficulty initiating and maintaining conversations or telling stories.

  • Challenges in keeping up during conversations.

  • Difficulty recalling and retrieving specific words during conversation or written expression.

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension and written expression skills.

  • Language difficulties persisting beyond the expected developmental period.

  • Challenges continue into adolescence and adulthood if not adequately addressed.

It's important to note that the severity of DLD can vary, and individuals may present with different combinations of strengths and weaknesses.

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