Research from the University of York have found a potential genetic link that suggests that children who struggle with language development may also be at a higher risk of developing mental health problems later in life.
The researchers discovered that almost half the genetic variants that are known to play a role in developmental language disorders (DLD), are also linked to poor mental health. This is the first study to suggest that mental health problems in those that have experienced DLD, do not occur purely as a result of the difficulties they face with developing language but may also be genetically vulnerable. Although the research is in its early days, if confirmed in the future it would suggest that earlier therapeutic intervention with those known to be at a higher risk, may prevent later mental health concerns.
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