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2019 ASHA Research Symposium: Mabel L. Rice, Panel Discussion on Specific Language Impairment

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A panel discussion on specific language impairment from the participants in the Research Symposium at the 2019 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held in Orlando, FL.

The abstract for the accompanying introduction article is below. This article is part of the JSLHR Forum: Advances in Specific Language Impairment Research & Intervention.

Purpose: This article provides an overview of five papers appearing together on the topic of “Advances in Specific Language Impairment Research and Intervention,” which was the 2019 program in an ongoing series of research symposia presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Method: The article provides a historical context for the set of papers, then a short summation of each paper’s content, followed by the identification of overarching themes and working conclusions.
Results: Each paper provides summations of empirical results, and some papers provide new empirical evidence.
Conclusion: The papers collectively highlight six points: (a) Children with specific language impairment (SLI) are likely to be unidentified among their age peers. (b) There is great need for better identification of children with SLI across developmental levels. (c) Progress is evident toward a better understanding of causal pathways, as examined across different research designs involving comparison of children with typical language acquisition to children with SLI and other possibly co-occurring atypical conditions. (d) Measuring multiple dimensions of language brings enhanced informativeness, with differing outcomes for differing dimensions. (e) Replicated research findings require precision of methods in order to reduce unexplained error variance especially when defining groups. (f) Accurate identification of children with SLI is the first step toward a sound treatment plan for SLI and reading disorders as well.

Rice, M. L. (2020). Advances in specific language impairment research and intervention: An overview of five research symposium papers. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(10), 3219–3223. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00504

Funding

This article summarizes papers from the Research Symposium at the 2019 Annual ASHA Convention, which was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health under National Institute of Health Grant R13DC003383. Support for preparation of this paper was provided by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health under National Institute of Health Grants R01DC001803, R01DC005226, and T32DC000052 to the University of Kansas (Principal Investigator: Rice).

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