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This course is designed to deepen graduate students' understanding of language development, diversity and disorders, and to examine aspects of atypical language acquisition and development in monolingual and multilingual children. Using current brain research, this course will explore neurological development and its relationship to language functioning. Participants will explore the impact of language delay and disorder on academic performance and social and emotional interactions. In addition, students will learn to use the information gathered from formal and informal assessments to develop instruction that enhances learners' strengths and supports their needs. Throughout the course, students will consider how collaborations with other professionals can support learners with language/communication disorders. Prerequisites: EDUC 505; or EDUC 561 and EDUC 870.