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Characteristics of Adolescent Language Disorders
  • Failure to understand or pay attention to rules of conversation, for example, turn taking, introducing topics of conversation, and staying on the topic
  • Difficulty using different language for different needs of the listener or situation
  • Incorrect use of grammar
  • Poor or limited vocabulary
  • Difficulty requesting further information to aid understanding
  • Tendency to ask questions that are too general ("Are you going out tonight?" when what is really meant is "Where are you going tonight?"')
  • Tendency to agree rather than to voice opposition
  • Indirect requests and ambiguous statements
  • Class clown behavior
  • Extreme forgetfulness
  • Withdrawal or exclusion from group activities
  • Difficulty with
    • Understanding non-verbal behaviors, such as body language
    • Finding words
    • Puns, idioms, riddles, jokes, sarcasm and slang
    • Instructions, especially those that are long or grammatically complex
    • Words with multiple meanings (bear versus bare)
    • Sequencing
    • Expressing thoughts
    • Organizing information.

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