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Phonological  Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Phonological Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

adhdPhonological Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Phonological Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Phonological Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Phonological Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 315.39 Phonological Disorder 

A.   Failure to use developmentally expected speech sounds that are appropriate for age and dialect (e.g., errors in sound production, use, representation, or organization such as, but not limited to, substitutions of one sound for another {use of /t/ for target /k/ sound] or omissions of sounds such as final consonants).


B.      The difficulties in speech sound production interfere with academic or occupational achievement or with social communication.


C.      If Mental Retardation, a speech motor or sensory deficit, or environmen­tal deprivation is present. The speech difficulties are in excess of those usually associated with these problems.


Coding Note: If a speech motor or sensory deficit or a neurological condition is present, code the condition on Axis Ill.


Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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