A language disorder is when an individual has difficulties understanding or expressing themselves using their native language(s). Compared to peers their same age, children with language disorders struggle with one or more areas of language. Difficulties children might show are a smaller vocabulary, leaving grammatical endings off of words, leaving words out of sentences, and struggling to understand and use the social rules of language, just to name a few.
Language disorders might occur without the presence of any known genetic, congenital, or neurologic condition which is known as developmental language disorder. Other language disorders co-occur with known conditions. Some conditions that are known to often present with language disorders are Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome, and brain injuries.
As a parent, you know your child best. You may have noticed your child’s language doesn’t sound like his/her friends. Your child may show signs of struggling in school especially with answering questions, following directions, reading and writing. Unfortunately, individual state and district policies in schools may limit the identification of children with language disorders. If you think your child may have a language disorder, you can sign up for a free evaluation with the Woolfolk Center for Language Disorders Research.
The evaluation is completely free and you will receive a gift card in return for testing time and being part of our study.
In-Depth Testing of Language
We get an in-depth look at your child’s language. We measure multiple areas of language including how your child processes and structures language.
Evaluate the Whole Child
We don’t just measure language! We are also interested in the skills that are related to language such as thinking, memory, literacy, behavior, and sensory processing.
Track Development Over Time
We will invite you to come back as your child develops so we can track your child over time.
Make a Difference
Your involvement with the Woolfolk Center will help researchers and clinicians better understand what language disorders look like in different children and how to better choose treatment goals for children like yours.