Other conditions associated with language impairments

Language impairments are also associated with various different conditions. In particular, problems with language are often recorded in people with Down syndrome and autistic spectrum disorders, or Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Also, people who are diagnosed with "aphasia" have an acquired language disorder. The type of language impairment that people with aphasia have varies depending on which area of the brain has been damaged and the extent of the damage.

As of yet the GAPS test has not been standardised for use with these groups however the test can be used as a tool to assess their language status and what types of problems with language they may have.

For further information on developmental language disorders see:

www.ican.org.uk I CAN "work to foster the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard: children with a communication disability."

www.afasic.org.uk Afasic "is the UK charity which supports children and young people with speech, language and communication impairments and their parents and carers."

For more information about dyslexia see www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
(The British Dyslexia Association).