- There are all kinds of secondary consequences of language difficulties: effects on self-esteem, educational outcomes and social interactions. Potentially, early intervention can avoid these.
- It is easier to influence the course of development while the brain is still plastic. An analogy can be made with vision, where it is well-recognised that amblyopia (or "lazy eye") needs to be corrected early in life, because otherwise visual pathways in the brain do not develop normally, and the potential for good vision in the lazy eye is lost.
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