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Language Disorder

Language Disorder

Although speech errors are common and expected as children learn to speak, persistent errors or difficulty being understood can indicate a need for an evaluation in speech-language pathology. Children can feel frustrated when they are consistently misunderstood due to speech sound errors. Untreated speech errors can have an impact of expressive language, reading and writing abilities and self-esteem. However, individualised speech-language pathology treatment can eliminate speech errors and their impact on the daily communication exchanges of your child.

Language disorders, or language impairments, are disorders that involve the processing of linguistic information.

Language disorders, or language impairments, are disorders that involve the processing of linguistic information.Problems that may be experienced can involve grammar (syntax and/or morphology), semantics (meaning), or other aspects of language. These problems may be receptive (involving impaired language comprehension), expressive (involving language production), or a combination of both.

Examples include specific language impairment and aphasia, among others. Language disorders can affect both spoken and written language, and can also affect sign language; typically, all forms of language will be impaired. Note that these are distinct from speech disorders, which involve difficulty with the act of speech production, but not with language.

Le trouble développemental du langage, aussi appelé trouble du langage, est d’origine neurologique et affecte le traitement du langage.

Les difficultés vécues par les enfants qui ont un trouble du langage touchent la grammaire (syntaxe et/ou morphologie), la sémantique (connaissances sur les concepts), le vocabulaire ou d’autres aspects du langage. Ces problèmes peuvent affecter de façon plus ou moins importante la compréhension du langage (donc comprend ce qu’on nous dit oralement), le langage expressif (s’exprimer sans difficulté) ou bien les deux. Le trouble développemental du langage peut affecter le langage oral et écrit et peut également affecter les personnes s’exprimant en langue signée. En bref, le trouble développemental du langage implique des difficultés à comprendre ou s’exprimer avec notre entourage, peu importe le moyen de communication (écrit, parlé, signes, etc.).

How can you tell if my child has a
language disorder?

Children with language disorders often present as having a language delay before they enter into school. Their difficulties include :

  • Finding the right words to use.
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Dgrammatical errors and have poor sentence structure.
  • Use of the wrong words in sentences.
  • Difficulties understanding word meanings.
  • Use of simple short sentences
  • Difficulties retelling stories.
  • Difficulties providing information to others.
  • Difficulties listening.
  • Difficulties understanding stories and more complex language.
  • Reliance on visual information to gain meaning from a situation.

What is the difference between a language
delay and a language disorder?

A language delay is a delay in acquisition of language skills compared to children of similar ages.

A young child with a language delay may exhibit a slower onset of a language skill, slowed progress, and slowed sequence in which the language skills are learned. Through targeted intervention the child can catch up to their peers. However, some children continue to demonstrate persistent and significant difficulties acquiring and using language skills.

These children are more likely to have a language disorder. A comprehension evaluation is required to understand the complete profile of the child and to eliminate any other factors that could be contributing to the difficulty of acquiring adequate communication abilities.


A speech-language pathologist at the Centre Mosaïque de Québec can provide an assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of language delay or disorder. We are essential part of the intervention team. We can identify areas of strength and need and creates a treatment plan that helps the child develop the listening and speaking skills that allow him or her to communicate more effectively.

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The Centre Mosaïque is committed to providing prompt care to meet your needs. Feel free to contact us to find out how our speech therapists can help you.