What risk factors for Developmental Language Disorder can tell us about the neurobiological mechanisms of language development

Tessel Boerma, Sita ter Haar, Rachida Ganga, Frank Wijnen, Elma Blom*, Corette Wierenga*

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Abstract

Language is a complex multidimensional cognitive system that is connected to many neurocognitive capacities. The development of language is therefore strongly intertwined with the development of these capacities and their neurobiological substrates. Consequently, language problems, for example those of children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), are explained by a variety of etiological pathways and each of these pathways will be associated with specific risk factors. In this review, we attempt to link previously described factors that may interfere with language development to putative underlying neurobiological mechanisms of language development, hoping to uncover openings for future therapeutical approaches or interventions that can help children to optimally develop their language skills.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105398
Number of pages28
JournalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Volume154
Early online date2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Language development
  • Neurobiological mechanisms
  • Developmental language disorder

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