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date: 24 January 2020

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Speech and language disorders in children refer to atypical development of comprehension and/or use of a spoken, written and/or other symbol system. They occur after birth, progress during childhood, and resolve in some children and therefore are very often described as “developmental.” In contrast, “acquired” speech and language disorders occur as secondary conditions during adulthood, such as speech disorder associated with aphasia. This chapter begins with an overview of the main categorizations of speech and language disorders such as delay versus disorder and functional versus organic. This is followed by a section on causal and risk factors underlying speech and language disorders. The rest of the chapter is dedicated to an overview of the main findings in studies on Chinese-speaking children with developmental speech and language disorders.

Keywords: speech and language disorders, delay, causal and risk factors, developmental, children

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