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  1. Introduction
  2. Case study: Delano
  3. Factors involved in Delano's case biological
  4. Psychological
  5. Social
  6. Areas the interventions target
  7. Conclusion

Research conducted in the past finds that mixed receptive-expressive language disorder has no conclusive evidence of the causes, however; research does find two different types: developmental and acquired (Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, 2012). Current researchers continue to conduct studies to examine some key factors, which may possibly play a role in these disorders: biological and environmental. Research shows that developmental mix receptive-expressive language disorder is developed during the time a child is learning to talk.

Acquired receptive-expressive language disorder occurs after a period of normal development, and is directly caused by damage to the brain, such as epileptic seizures, stroke, or traumatic head injuries (Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, 2012). The following case study will provide some evidence, in which the young Delano's two diagnoses of receptive-expressive language disorder, and reading disorder stems from damage to the brain caused by seizures.

[...] (2003). The Biology of epilepsy genes. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 599-625. Plante, T. G. (2011). Contemporary clinical psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. [...]

[...] The report indicated ?mild dysrhythmia? with evidence of a ?focal discharge in the posterior region of the temporal lobe of the left hemisphere (Chapman & Weaver p. 266). Activity in his brain also showed mildly irregular electrical activity and was also comparatively uncontrolled in one specific location which plays a significant role in understanding speech and language It was apparent that early brain trauma associated with the seizures affected Delano's development of certain skills during his critical early formative years. [...]

[...] The neurological testing will aid the medication in finding improvements that can be made in the treatment to cure the individual. Social intervention would be used by the parents, teachers, psychologist and siblings and anyone else that has consistent interaction with the individual to provide assistance in the learning process. Last, the Psychological intervention would include speech and language therapy and a mixture of counseling, psychotherapy and behavioral therapy because there is a very large possibility that behavioral or emotional issues may arise (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). [...]

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