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Specific Language Impairment in Special Populations

Specific language impairment (SLI), while extensively researched, remains controversial as a diagnosis. This is largely due to the lack of a known cause and the frequency with which language impairments occur with other disorders or are confused with issues like bilingualism. The articles in this journal self-study, which were published as a research forum in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, seek to address some of the concerns and confusion surrounding SLI by comparing children with SLI to those with other disorders or differences. These comparisons may help determine the presence of shared symptoms and help uncover possible causes for SLI. In this self-study, comparisons are made to children with autism spectrum disorder, cochlear implants, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as those who speak English as a second language and those with nonmainstream dialects of English. Clinicians can use this information to help identify children with SLI and advocate for needed services as well as assist with differential diagnosis when a child presents with other issues.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss the issues and concerns that surround the diagnosis of specific language impairment (SLI)
  • explain the reasons why children with SLI may not receive needed services
  • describe the ways that concomitant language impairment may impact children with other disorders and differences, such as ADHD, autism, hearing loss, or bilingualism
  • discuss ways to differentiate SLI from other disorders, such as ADHD, autism, and language or dialectal differences

Here's what your colleagues have to say:

"Great way to earn CEU's at my own pace and build into a busy day. I was able to read the articles throughout the day when I had time and the questions for review helped me to focus on main ideas and important information to take from the multitude of information in the journal review."- Talya Smith, MA, CCC-SLP-L

What is a journal self-study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.

Learning Assessment
Online, multiple-choice exam

Continuing Education

: 0.65 PDHs: 6.5
: 5/20/2018 to 11/9/2020
: Intermediate

Product Information

Item #(s): WEB2790
Client Age: Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Language: English

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