Communication and Language Problems
With the recent reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public schools are now required to serve 3- to 5-year-old children with communication handicaps and will likely be providing language services to the 0 to 3 population in the near future. This new focus on early intervention will also affect mental health practitioners who frequently collaborate with school speech and language pathologists in providing services to preschoolers. Because approximately 50% of very young children with expressive and receptive language problems also have significant emotional and behavioral disturbances (Beitchman, Nair, Clegg, Ferguson, & Patel, 1986), it is not unusual for speech therapists to refer these children for psychological evaluation and behavior management services prior to or concurrent with speech and language interventions. Conversely, mental health professionals are often in the position of being the first professionals to identify emerging language problems in their preschool-age clients and must be prepared to provide appropriate referrals for speech and language evaluations and therapy.
KeywordsOtitis Medium Phonological Awareness Expressive Language Preschool Teacher Receptive Language
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