Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is not specific enough: Sub-types of SLI and their implications for the theory of the disorder

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There is an ongoing debate in the SLI field which test should be used as thegold standard test and which markers are the best for the diagnosis of SLI. Inthe current paper an approach of defining subtypes of SLI based on linguisticdomains is suggested. This approach is supported by findings of dissociationbetween language domains within the group of SLI and by similar dissociationsin children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This approach is suggested as abetter method for clinicians seeking assessment tools and for researchers investigatingthe origin of the deficit.


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