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Information Processing and Language Comprehension in Children with Specific Language Impairment

Montgomery, James W. PhD

Topics in Language Disorders: May 2002 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 62–84
Information Processing: Implications for Assessment and Intervention

Many children with specific language impairment (SLI) exhibit co-occurring deficits in information processing and spokenlanguage comprehension. While it has been assumed that the language comprehension problems of these children are related, at least in part, to poor processing, relatively little is known aboutsuch a relation.In this article we examine several sub-constructs of information processing and their potential association withthe poorer language comprehension of children with SLI. We arguethat some of the language comprehension problems of children with SLI are related to certain information processing inefficiencies. Techniques for both language assessment and intervention are offered.

Associate Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Many of the studies reported in this article that were conducted by the author were supported by a research grant (R29 DC 02535) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health.

© 2002 Aspen Publishers, Inc.