Specific language impairment sli is a language disorder that delays the mastery of language skills in children who have no hearing loss or other developmental delays sli is also called developmental language disorder language delay or developmental dysphasia it is one of the most common childhood learning disabilities affecting approximately 7 to 8 percent of children. Children with specific language impairment will be the standard reference work dealing with all types of developmental language disorders for the next decade or until the third edition graces our shelves marc e fey professor of hearing and speech university of kansas medical center. Specific language impairment sli now often referred to as developmental language disorder dld following a delphi consensus led by prof dorothy bishop citation needed is diagnosed when a childs language does not develop normally and the difficulties cannot be accounted for by generally slow development physical abnormality of the speech apparatus autism spectrum disorder apraxia . Most if not all students with a speech or language impairment will need speech language pathology services this related service is defined by idea as follows 15 speech language pathology services includes i identification of children with speech or language impairments ii diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech or language . Fluency speech impairments where a childs flow of speech is disrupted voice speech impairments where the childs voice has an abnormal quality to its pitch resonance or loudness language language impairments where the child has problems expressing needs ideas or information and or in understanding what others say
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