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The relationship between communication and behaviour in children: a case for public mental health

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James LawORCiD


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The overlap between two groups of children, those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) is examined. The case is made that these are common and overlap, with serious consequences for the children and families concerned. The difficulties experienced by the children and their families have implications for health inequalities and should influence the way in which both child and adolescent mental health and public health services are conceptualised and delivered.

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Author(s): Law J, Elliott L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Public Mental Health

Year: 2009

Volume: 8

Issue: 1

Pages: 4-11

ISSN (print): 1746-5729

ISSN (electronic): 2042-8731

Publisher: Pier Professional Ltd.