Criteria for SLI The Stark and Tallal Legacy and Beyond Research Note
Research Note  |   August 01, 1998
Criteria for SLI
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elena Plante
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of Arizona Tucson and The National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Tucson
  • Contact author: Elena Plante, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, P.O. Box 210071, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Article Information
Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Language / Research Note
Research Note   |   August 01, 1998
Criteria for SLI
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1998, Vol. 41, 951-957. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4104.951
History: Received April 29, 1997 , Accepted October 29, 1997
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1998, Vol. 41, 951-957. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4104.951
History: Received April 29, 1997; Accepted October 29, 1997

Since it first appeared, the Stark and Tallal (1981)  criteria for the selection of children with specific language impairment (SLI) has had a profound influence on research with this population. A review of the recent literature indicates that these criteria continue to be used, in part or in whole, in current research. However, the recent literature also provides illustrations of the use and interpretations of normreferenced tests that can serve to update current best practices in subject selection. The original criteria for IQ and language test scores, along with their more recent adaptations, are reconsidered in light of current information on the use of tests with SLI.

Acknowledgments
Work by the author is supported by National Multipurpose Research and Training Center grant DC-01309 and Clinical Investigator Development award DC-00077 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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