Spoken Language Disorders
As stated in the original wiki, language is not something that is taught, but instead it is developed. A problem with speech occurs in many forms. However, two forms are more common. The first is language delay, which is when a child develops language at a slower rate. The second is a language disability. This is when children do not develop language as expected or at all. The latter is very similar to the case of Carol, Pearl Buck’s daughter whom she wrote of in The Child Who Never Grew. Buck noticed her daughter was not developing language, which prompted her to seek professional help.
Delayed language development is serious especially in the early stages of school. Students who cannot formulate words correctly, or use words correctly, will get behind in school. With such a delay, these students will more than likely end up in special education. A recent report shows that inner-city African American males tend to enter school with a language disability. They do not acquire language at a slower rate, but use different vocabulary and terminology. It makes it extremely difficult for these males to participate in a school setting, which often leads to them be tracked in special education classrooms.
Submitted by Travis Bouldin