Comments on Specific Language Impairment as a Clinical Category This paper views specific language disorders as a heterogeneous group of language-impaired children consisting of distinct subtypes, each potentially accounted for by differing causal factors. Identifying causal factors for subgroups of children with specific language impairment is important (a) to extend our discipline beyond the descriptive stage of science, (b) ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   April 01, 1991
Comments on Specific Language Impairment as a Clinical Category
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dorothy M. Aram, Ph.D.
    Department of Pediatrics Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2101 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106.
  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Dorothy M. Aram, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2101 Adelbert Rd,, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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Clinical Forum   |   April 01, 1991
Comments on Specific Language Impairment as a Clinical Category
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1991, Vol. 22, 84-87. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2202.84
History: Received March 12, 1990 , Accepted May 31, 1990
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1991, Vol. 22, 84-87. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2202.84
History: Received March 12, 1990; Accepted May 31, 1990

This paper views specific language disorders as a heterogeneous group of language-impaired children consisting of distinct subtypes, each potentially accounted for by differing causal factors. Identifying causal factors for subgroups of children with specific language impairment is important (a) to extend our discipline beyond the descriptive stage of science, (b) to address questions motivating referrals from parents and professionals, (c) to plan intervention programs, and to prevent specific language disorders.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Preparation of this article was supported in part by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke Program Project Grant NS20489.
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