Researchers have developed a computer system that could help to detect subtle speech and language disorders in time for early intervention.
Study reports it may be possible to detect the onset and progression of Huntington's disease through linguistic changes in patients. Linguistic impairments often begin before the onset of other Huntington's symptoms.
When people with language disorders such as aphasia speak, their communication partners are more likely to pay attention to the speaker's hand movements and gestures. Gestures, researchers say, may help supplement understanding of what is being verbally communicated.
The earlier language disorders in children are identified, the earlier help can be provided to insure fluid language acquisition.