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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What causes language disorders?

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  • Serving the interests of children and young people with childhood language and related disorders View Profile

    There is no conclusive evidence to suggest one primary cause of language disorders in children. Genetic and neurological studies have suggested that there may be gene markers and differences in brain structure resulting in language difficulties, but these studies are far from definitive and research is ongoing.
    Children with disorders such as Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Genetic Syndromes, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment and Epilepsy may have language delays/disorders that occur as a result of or alongside their primary impairment. 

  • Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    Language disorders in adults can be caused by many different factors. These include having a stroke, a progressive neurological disease (e.g. Parkinson's Disease), brain tumour, surgery to the brain, haemorrhage in the brain, brain injury (e.g. A fall on the head, car accident etc.), dementia and so on.

    Nikki Martin
    Speech Pathologist

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