Overview of Communication Disorders

  • Patricia A. Prelock
  • Tiffany L. Hutchins
Part of the Best Practices in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Care book series (BPCABHC)


In this chapter the reader is introduced to what a communication disorder is, the type of communication disorders primary care providers are most likely to see, the terminology most frequently used to describe communication disorders, and the prevalence of communication disorders in children. This chapter also outlines the content for the remaining chapters of the book.


Communication disorder Communication impairment Communication disability Communication difference Speech disorder Language disorder Hearing disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A. Prelock
    • 1
  • Tiffany L. Hutchins
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Nursing & Health SciencesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication Sciences & DisordersUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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