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CSD 481: Clinical Policies and Procedures

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Speech Disorders

‌/‌ther‌: consider also SPEECH THERAPY; do not confuse with LANGUAGE DISORDERS: read differentiation of SPEECH & LANGUAGE under SPEECH

Scope Note
Acquired or developmental conditions marked by an impaired ability to comprehend or generate spoken forms of language.

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Autistic Disorder
Scope Note
A disorder beginning in childhood. It is marked by the presence of markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication and a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interest. Manifestations of the disorder vary greatly depending on the developmental level and chronological age of the individual. (DSM-V)