Present and Future Possibilities for Defining a Phenotype for Specific Language Impairment This brief report summarizes a workshop that was held at the National Institutes of Health in April 1998. The goal of the workshop was to further the development of a definition for the phenotype of specific language impairment (SLI). The report includes a discussion of research recommendations that will refine ... Research Note
Research Note  |   October 01, 1999
Present and Future Possibilities for Defining a Phenotype for Specific Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Helen Tager-Flusberg
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Waltham, MA and University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Judith Cooper
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: htagerf@shriver.org
  • Special Report from the Workshop on Defining the Phenotype for Specific Language Impairment, held April 27–28, 1998, and sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH. Contributors included Dorothy Aram, Hugh Catts, Susan Ellis Weismer, Jack Fletcher, Susan Folstein, Judith Johnston, Laurence Leonard, Reid Lyon, Jon Miller, Robin Morris, Mabel Rice, Donna Thal, Bruce Tomblin, Julie Washington, and Beverly Wulfeck.
    Special Report from the Workshop on Defining the Phenotype for Specific Language Impairment, held April 27–28, 1998, and sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH. Contributors included Dorothy Aram, Hugh Catts, Susan Ellis Weismer, Jack Fletcher, Susan Folstein, Judith Johnston, Laurence Leonard, Reid Lyon, Jon Miller, Robin Morris, Mabel Rice, Donna Thal, Bruce Tomblin, Julie Washington, and Beverly Wulfeck.×
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Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Language / Research Note
Research Note   |   October 01, 1999
Present and Future Possibilities for Defining a Phenotype for Specific Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1999, Vol. 42, 1275-1278. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4205.1275
History: Received May 3, 1999 , Accepted August 6, 1999
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1999, Vol. 42, 1275-1278. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4205.1275
History: Received May 3, 1999; Accepted August 6, 1999

This brief report summarizes a workshop that was held at the National Institutes of Health in April 1998. The goal of the workshop was to further the development of a definition for the phenotype of specific language impairment (SLI). The report includes a discussion of research recommendations that will refine our current views of the definition of the SLI phenotype and sets out priority areas that are in need of further study to help advance understanding of this complex languagebased disorder.

Acknowledgments
Preparation of this paper was supported by grants from NIDCD (PO1 DC 03610) and NINDS (RO1 38668) to the first author.
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