Article/Report  |   August 1997
The Extent to Which Psychometric Tests Differentiate Subgroups of Children With SLI
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Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Language
Article/Report   |   August 1997
The Extent to Which Psychometric Tests Differentiate Subgroups of Children With SLI
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research August 1997, Vol.40, 765-777. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4004.765
History: Accepted 23 Jan 1997 , Received 30 Jan 1996
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research August 1997, Vol.40, 765-777. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4004.765
History: Accepted 23 Jan 1997 , Received 30 Jan 1996

This paper reports on the results of a large project involving 7-year-old children attending language units in England. A group of 242 children with specific language impairment (SLI) were assessed on a battery of psychometric tests. In addition, teacher interviews were carried out to ascertain teachers' opinions of the children's difficulties. Cluster analysis revealed six robust subgroups of children with language difficulties. The findings are discussed in the context of other approaches to the classification of language impairment in children with special reference to the work of Rapin and Allen (1987).

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