Language Disorder: Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with language disorder, a child must have deficits in age-appropriate communication, including reduced vocabulary, limited sentence structure, and impairment in using language to communicate information or carry on a conversation. Speech and language pathologists can administer standardized tests to gauge a child’s ability to both comprehend and express language. The doctor should also rule out other factors, such as deafness, which is one of the most common causes of difficulties with communication and language.