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Part I. Developmental Perspective: Introduction 1. Language and emotion: a developmental perspective 2. Understanding language dysfunction from a developmental perspective: an overview of pragmatic theories 3. Atypical ontogeny: Atypical development from a developmental perspective 4. Language and psychopathology: an attachment perspective 5. Developmental changes in the mechanisms linking language disabilities and behaviour disorders Part II. Language Impairment and Psychiatric Disorder: Introduction 6. Unsuspected language impairments in psychiatrically disturbed children: developmental issues and associated conditions 7. Executive dysfunction as an underlying mechanism of the behaviour and language problems in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 8. Comorbidity of autistic disorder and specific developmental language disorder: existing evidence and some promising future directions 9. Discourse deficits in childhood schizophrenia Part III. Learning Disabilities: Concepts, Comorbidity and Heritability: Introduction 10. A conceptual model and definition of dyslexia: findings emerging from the Connecticut longitudinal study 11. Phonological recoding deficits and dyslexia: a developmental perspective 12. Cognitive functioning, learning disability and school failure in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a family study perspective 13. Twin studies of reading disability Part III. Biological Considerations: Introduction 14. Neuroimaging and functional brain analysis 15. Neurochemical correlates of academic achievement deficits and aggressive behavior in children with ADHD 16. Acquired disorders of memory in childhood 17. Interaction between language and cognition: evidence from Williams Syndrome Part IV. Intervention: Introduction 18. Multi-modal treatment of the hyperactive child with and without learning disabilities 19. Social interactional approaches to child language intervention 20. Language intervention programming for preschool children with social and pragmatic disorders 21. Communication training approaches in autistic disorder Part V. Outcome Studies: Introduction 22. Linguistic impairment and psychiatric disorder: pathways to outcome 23. Academic per. Communicative competence and psychosocial development in deaf children and adolescents.