This is an introductory course designed to familiarize participants with basic principles of language intervention and disorders, including the etiological categories associated with different profiles of atypical development. The course will also introduce students to principles of evidence-based practice through collaboration with community partners (i.e., service-learning). Within this partnership, students will learn about language by exploring it with a child who struggles with its complexities. Thus each partner (student and child) will learn what they need to know about language. At the completion of the class, participants will have the knowledge and skill required to begin a supervised practicum in language intervention for young children, and to take more advanced coursework in language assessment, language intervention, theory, research, and practices.