Links Between Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties and Speech and Language Difficulties

What every teacher should know

Authored by: Jodi Tommerdahl

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111

10.4324/9780203117378.ch17

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Abstract

For the introduction to this chapter about connections between emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD) and speech and language difficulties (SLD), it is first necessary to define SLD. SLD is a general term that can refer to any type of communication problem that affects either our internal processing of language or our physical ability to comprehend and/or express language. These problems can stem from a variety of causes including neurological impairment, physical deformity (as in the case of cleft-palate), associated learning difficulties, or unknown reasons. A subcategory of SLD called specific language impairment (SLI) is especially of interest due to its unique ability to go undetected.

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