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Non-specific nature of specific language impairment: a review of the literature with regard to concomitant motor impairments

Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2001. Non-specific nature of specific language impairment: a review of the literature with regard to concomitant motor impairments. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 36(2), pp. 149-171. ISSN 1368-2822 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In the light of emerging suggestions that language and motor deficits may co-occur, the literature on specific language impairment (SLI) was reviewed to investigate the prevalence of co-morbidity between SLI and poor limb motor skill in children diagnosed with language mpairments. An extensive literature search was undertaken and the subsequent findings evaluated with particular reference to issues surrounding symptom co-occurrence, as well as to theoretical and aetiological accounts of SLI. Clearly substantial co-morbidity exists between SLI and poor motor skill, suggesting that SLI is not a specific disorder of language, but rather that children with SLI experience a broader range of
diYculties, of which motor incoordination is one. Current theoretical explanations of SLI do not account fully for such wide-ranging diYculties and it may be useful in the future to focus on a more detailed explanation in terms of
shared cognitive processes or neuromaturational delay to understand further the nature of the disorder, to explain it theoretically and to deal with it practically.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1080/13682820010019874

Keywords:

specific language impairment, movement, classification of disorders, comorbidity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2001Published

Item ID:

2592

Date Deposited:

18 Mar 2010 14:08

Last Modified:

22 Jun 2014 11:40

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2592

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