Language and Behavior Disorders in School-Age Children: Comorbidity and Communication in the Classroom Language development is the foundation for competence in social, emotional, behavioral, and academic performance. Although language impairment (LI) is known to co-occur with behavioral and mental health problems, LI is likely to be overlooked in school-age children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD; Hollo, Wehby, & Oliver, in press). Because ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Language and Behavior Disorders in School-Age Children: Comorbidity and Communication in the Classroom
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  • Alexandra Hollo
    Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Disclosure: Alexandra Hollo has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Language and Behavior Disorders in School-Age Children: Comorbidity and Communication in the Classroom
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2012, Vol. 13, 111-119. doi:10.1044/sbi13.4.111
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2012, Vol. 13, 111-119. doi:10.1044/sbi13.4.111

Language development is the foundation for competence in social, emotional, behavioral, and academic performance. Although language impairment (LI) is known to co-occur with behavioral and mental health problems, LI is likely to be overlooked in school-age children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD; Hollo, Wehby, & Oliver, in press). Because language deficits may contribute to the problem behavior and poor social development characteristic of children with EBD, the consequences of an undiagnosed language disorder can be devastating. Implications include the need to train school professionals to recognize communication deficits. Further, it is critically important that specialists collaborate to provide linguistic and behavioral support for students with EBD and LI.

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