An Important Role in Delayed Language Development Played by Gender and Genes
[Source: Medical News Today]
Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls, according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk.
“We show for the first time that reading and writing difficulties in the family can be the main reason why a child has a speech delay that first begins between three to five years of age,” says Eivind Ystrøm, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Ystrøm was supervisor of Imac Maria Zambrana, a former PhD student at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health who conducted the research in this study as part of her doctoral research.
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