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J Child Neurol. 2004 Oct;19(10):814-26.

Psychiatric implications of language disorders and learning disabilities: risks and management.

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  • 1Western Institute for Neurodevelopmental Studies and Interventions, Boulder, CO 80302, USA. ssundheim@att.net


This article reviews the relationship between different learning disabilities, language disorders, and the psychiatric disorders that are commonly associated with learning disabilities and language disorder: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression, and conduct or antisocial personality disorder. The complex associations between language disorders and specific learning disabilities--dyslexia, nonverbal learning disorder, dyscalculia--and the various psychiatric disorders are discussed. Clinical vignettes are presented to highlight the impact of these disorders on a child's social and psychological development and the importance of early recognition and treatment.

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