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Developments in the understanding of language disorders and the progression of clinical practice for children with developmental language disorder (DLD) in Sweden started with a focus on speech, with a gradual widening of focus towards other aspects of language skills – grammar, semantics, comprehension and pragmatics. Alfhild Tamm (1876–1959) was a pioneer in the field, who brought attention to the phenomenon of speech disorder (sw. talrubbning). She was a medical doctor specialised in psychiatry and neurology (Nettelbladt and Samuelsson, 1998). In her special task to assess children in classes for under-achievers in schools in the Stockholm area she noticed that many children with speech difficulties (as well as children with reading and writing difficulties) had non-verbal skills within the normal range (Nettelbladt, 2007; Nettelbladt and Samuelsson, 1998). During the second decade of the twentieth century she started a special clinic for those children and she also wrote a textbook on the topic (Talrubbningar och deras behandling, 1916). Alfhild Tamm’s view on speech disorders as a phenomenon was based in medical science, whereas her view on intervention was based in pedagogy. Although the focus was on speech difficulties, she was also aware of comprehension difficulties and she described agrammatism. Furthermore, she found it relevant to distinguish between general developmental delay and a specific language disorder (Nettelbladt, 2007; Nettelbladt and Samuelsson, 1998). However, it was phoniatrician Gunnar Bjuggren who established modern phoniatric-logopedic care in Sweden by opening a phoniatric clinic at Sabbatsbergs hospital (Lindström, 2008).
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|Title of host publication||Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory and Practice across Europe and Beyond|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|