A Note on Intelligence Assessment Within Studies of Specific Language Impairment The purpose of this paper is to review the procedures, reported in three journals, that researchers have adopted to evaluate the intelligence of children with specific language impairment. The results indicated that researchers used one of the following procedures: no mention of intelligence, statements of negative history for mental retardation ... Research Note
Research Note  |   March 01, 1990
A Note on Intelligence Assessment Within Studies of Specific Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Stephen Camarata
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Linda Swisher
    University of Arizona
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Stephen Camarata, Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.
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Research Note
Research Note   |   March 01, 1990
A Note on Intelligence Assessment Within Studies of Specific Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1990, Vol. 33, 205-207. doi:10.1044/jshr.3301.205
History: Received March 14, 1988 , Accepted April 6, 1989
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1990, Vol. 33, 205-207. doi:10.1044/jshr.3301.205
History: Received March 14, 1988; Accepted April 6, 1989

The purpose of this paper is to review the procedures, reported in three journals, that researchers have adopted to evaluate the intelligence of children with specific language impairment. The results indicated that researchers used one of the following procedures: no mention of intelligence, statements of negative history for mental retardation (without further documentation), reporting cut-off scores on one or more standardized assessment instruments, reporting means on one or more standardized assessment instruments, or reporting individual test scores from such instruments. A majority of researchers adopted the procedures in the first three categories. Implications of such reporting procedures are discussed.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The authors express their appreciation to John Salvia and Keith Nelson who reviewed earlier versions of this manuscript. Thanks are also extended to Lynn Synder, Judith Johnston, Patricia Savich, and two anonymous reviewers for providing helpful critiques of the paper.
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