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Parents of Lillie
Understanding nervous system related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The nervous system is made up of a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from both the brain and the spinal cord. Within the nervous system are the Central nervous system and the Peripheral nervous system.
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system.
Within the peripheral nervous system are the somatic and autonomic nervous systems. The somatic system controls responses to sensory stimuli, while the autonomic nervous system controls the inner workings of organs, including digestion, breathing and the heartbeat.
Sleep is one body function, controlled by the autonomic nervous system, specifically the sympathetic nervous system.
What is language impairment?
A language impairment affects an individual’s ability to use spoken or written language. It generally affects their comprehension and their ability to use language, whether spoken or written.
What does language impairment look like?
It might manifest itself as reduced or limited vocabulary, the use of basic sentence structures, the wrong usage of words related to their meanings, trouble expressing ideas and thoughts through language, and the use of incorrect grammar patterns and rules.
To be classed as a language impairment, these language difficulties must be obviously and greatly below age level expectations for language knowledge and use.
What should I do next?
In some instances, language impairment may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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