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Language delay means that a child is not able to use words or other
forms of communication to share thoughts and feelings at the expected
Children with language delays may not be able to talk or use other
methods to communicate with other people. For example, they may not to able to
use gestures such as smiling, waving their hands, or nodding their heads. They
may also have problems understanding what other people say to them.
Language delays in children may have many different causes,
including hearing problems, intellectual disability caused by Down syndrome or other
genetic disorders, or mental health conditions.
Speech therapy is usually the main treatment for language
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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