Language disorders occur for many reasons. Given that, there are at least as many opinions on why they happen. It is necessary for a physician to take all of the factors into consideration when determining the best treatments for his or her patients.
Types of Language Disorders
Language disorders fall into three main categories:
• Expressive: Difficulty forming words, difficulty speaking
• Receptive: Difficulty grasping the sounds of words, difficulty understanding the meanings of words
• Mixture of both: Difficulty understanding and using words
The way the language disorders manifest themselves can be through dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stuttering, muteness, autism, or a myriad of other diagnoses. The younger the patient, the better chance for rectifying the problem, in many cases.
Who Develops a Language Disorder
Language disorders most often appear in childhood. It is possible for an adult to receive a diagnosis of language disorder due to brain injury or illness, but it is not as common. The types of language disorders that affect children are often due to early development, frequently in utero. Researchers continue to assess how much genetics have to do with disorders such as dyslexia, stuttering, and others, as they can also be acquired through external causes.
Factors in Treating Language Disorders
One of the areas researchers and clinicians are not able to agree on regarding language disorders is finding the root cause. The difficulty may well come with determining whether a diagnosis is due to nature or nurture, much like diverging views based on evolution vs. creation. Regardless of his or her belief system, the final diagnosis might best be found when parents and physician have the same values, in order to come to an agreement in treating a child.
Once the origin of the disorder has been decided, a treatment can be discussed. Deciding factors also depend on the patient’s age and other criteria. Some language disorders can be treated with a goal of total restoration; others treated with a goal of improvement.
In spite of the diverging views researchers have on language disorders, Therapia Staffing offers options for many areas of treatment that can help, regardless of viewpoint.