Language, Social Pragmatic Communication, and Childhood Trauma

Yvette D. Hyter (Western Michigan University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 88
EISBN13: 9781799855354|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2261-5.ch004
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This case focuses on the effects of trauma on the language and social pragmatic communication of a 10-year-old girl who was one of the many children separated from familial caregivers between 2016 and 2019 when she and her parents came to the U.S. from Central America seeking asylum due to gang violence and economic reasons. The child spent 8 months in the detention center without her parents and then was transferred to a foster home where she suffered neglect as well as physical and psychological abuse. This case study focuses on the long-term effects of structural violence and maltreatment on child development, and specifically on language and social pragmatic communication.
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