Speech or Language Impairment

Speech or language impairment means an impairment of speech or sound production, voice, fluency or language that significantly affects educational performance or social, emotional or vocational development.

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) has been actively studied for more than 40 years. Language acquisition is the primary area of concern as a child grows and develops. There are no obvious related causes such as hearing loss or low IQ. The condition appears in young children and is known to persist into adulthood. Although the causes are unknown, current research persist into focuses on possible inherited tendencies. Early identification and intervention are considered best practices, in order to minimize possible academic risk.

There area top 10 things you should know about children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI):

  1. Speech impediments are different from language disorders.
  2. Specific Language Impairment has many names and it is surprisingly common.
  3. SLI can be diagnosed precisely and accurately.
  4. The nature of the disability limits a child's exposure to language.
  5. Early intervention can begin during preschool.
  6. A child with SLI does not have a low IQ or poor hearing.
  7. Late talking may be a sign of disability.
  8. An incomplete understanding of verbs is an indicator of SLI.
  9. Reading and learning will be affected by SLI.
  10. The condition may be genetic.