*I wrote the following article 6 years ago. It was originally published on eHow.com on March 25, 2010. It is no longer published there so I am free to publish it here.
Learning disabilities and speech development are closely related; however, the presence of one does not guarantee the presence of the other. Learning disabilities may contribute to a delay in developmentally appropriate speech and language skills. Parents and teachers may wish to consult with a pediatrician, speech pathologist, a psychologist to determine if a child suffers from a learning disability, language delay, or both. Parents and professionals can work together to form a support team, which can develop a plan to assist a child with age-appropriate developmental behaviors. Learning disabilities and language delays are as diverse as the treatments. Children develop at different rates, and individual progress varies. Children tend to progress well when a support system made up of parents, teachers, and other professionals work together to develop a plan to aid a child in his progress. [Read more…]