The American Psychological Association is a non-profit, not-for-profit association of more than 100,000 psychologists.
It is a member of the American Psychological Society.
In 2016, APA issued the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) which lists “language disability” as one of the conditions most commonly listed in DSM-IV.
While APA does not endorse or recommend specific language use, its publication does acknowledge the existence of language impairment.
“Language impairment is not a disability and is not necessarily a limitation to participating in an educational or occupational activity,” the manual states.
“It can be present at a level that is more severe or less severe than one might expect from a person’s normal speech.”
Language disability is the absence of the ability to communicate a particular language.
The APA recognizes that language impairment is an everyday experience.
It also acknowledges that language is a complex skill and not always understood.
In a 2011 interview, APAs chief medical officer, Dr. Robert B. Schaffner, stated: I think a lot of the people who have been diagnosed with language disability are just not aware that it’s a disability.
And they’re just confused about it and don’t realize it’s not a limitation or a disability at all.
So they don’t think it’s something they should be worried about.
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