When a child has difficulty understanding or speaking, but it is too early to determine if he or she has a language disorder, we then speak of language difficulties. In some cases, the child is very young and it is not yet possible to know if the difficulties will persist. Sometimes, the language difficulties seem to have little or no impact on the child's daily functioning. It may also be that the child has not yet been exposed long enough to the language in which the assessment took place; it remains unclear at that point if the language difficulties observed are entirely caused by this lack of exposure.
Language difficulties can sometimes resolve or become a language disorder. It is by following the evolution of the child's language development that it will be possible to conclude.