Intervention for Child Language Impairments

Stephanie F. Stokes

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Intervention for Child Language Impairments

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  • Child language impairment (CLI) is a term covering a diverse range of developmental impairments in childhood. The DSM-V A02 definition is that a diagnosis of language impairment is made when a child has language abilities in one or more areas that are below age expectations. Although children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder or Williams syndrome may present with features of language impairment, these are comorbid with other developmental problems. A developmental language impairment in the absence of neurological, physiological, emotional, social, or cognitive conditions is commonly known as a specific language impairment (SLI). The term used here is child language impairment. This entry broadly focuses on language intervention for children with the most common characteristics of a language impairment involving grammar and ...

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