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February 1932

Aphasia in Children.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(2):487. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230140241023

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In a very brief presentation, the author has made a real contribution to the subject of aphasia in adolescents, for in children in whose cases the diagnosis of aphasia was made he has found that their intelligence, other than auditory, was normal, and that their speech difficulties were consequent to an inability to hear high tones although their hearing for low tones was intact. By means of suitable education he was able to make them speak normally.

The study consists of a careful analysis of the cases of ten such patients and ninety others, consisting of normal children, deaf patients and some adults. Very properly he believes that such children should not be called aphasic, and he terms such difficulties the result of linguistic retardation. He points out that there is no resemblance between the reactions obtained in such children as compared with those in aphasic children, for in the