Language disorders in children with Developmental Dyslexia

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While language skills are generally not assessed in children with DevelopmentalDyslexia (DD), it is known that 50% of them manifests some of the symptomsthat we find in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). This isconfirmed in this study for Italian: 50% of the children with DD scores 1.5 SDbelow the mean of their peers with typical development in the production ofrelative clauses and wh-questions. Thus, some children with DD fail in thosetasks in which also children with SLI fail. These findings point to the need oflanguage assessment when children with DD are referred for reading problems.


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