Discussion Questions

  1. How are communication disorders and learning disorders related? How does understanding one help you understand the other?

  2. There are several theorized causes of stuttering. What are these? Which ones have the most support? How do the effective treatments for stuttering help us understand the origins of the disorder?

  3. Describe social communication disorder. Why would communication skills decline over time in children with this disorder who are untreated? If you were working with a child with this disorder, what steps would you take to help?

  4. More children are diagnosed with reading disability than with writing or math. Why do you think this might be? What are the implications of this for our interventions with children with learning disabilities?

  5. How can you tell if a child is struggling in school because of a learning disorder versus struggling in school for some other reason? How would your interventions be the same or different in these two situations?