Intellectual Disability and Language Disorder

Natasha Marrus, Lacey Hall

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Intellectual disability (ID) and language disorders are neurodevelopmental conditions arising in early childhood. Child psychiatrists are likely to encounter children with ID and language disorders because both are strongly associated with challenging behaviors and mental disorder. Because early intervention is associated with optimal outcomes, child psychiatrists must be aware of their signs and symptoms, particularly as related to delays in cognitive and adaptive function. Optimal management of both ID and language disorders requires a multidisciplinary, team-based, and family centered approach. Child psychiatrists play an important role on this team, given their expertise with contextualizing and treating challenging behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-554
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • Early intervention
  • Global developmental delay
  • Intellectual disability
  • Language disorder
  • Multidisciplinary care


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