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Language delay means that a child is not able to use words or other forms of communication to share thoughts and feelings at the expected ages.
Children with language delays may not be able to talk or use other methods to communicate with other people. For example, they may not to able to use gestures such as smiling, waving their hands, or nodding their heads. They may also have problems understanding what other people say to them.
Language delays in children may have many different causes, including hearing problems, intellectual disability caused by Down syndrome or other genetic conditions, or mental health conditions.
Speech therapy is usually the main treatment for language delays.
Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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