The Topic Of Specific Language Impairment

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The topic of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) has been debated throughout the field of speech language pathology for various years. It is a topic that has been researched to a limited extinct and is continued to be a mystery for professionals within the field. To further the controversy as to what is considered an SLI, many professionals debate whether a person who utilizes sign language can be diagnosed with this disorder. The disorder becomes even more complex when the question of assessment of this disorder is evaluated. The complexity of this disorder further fuels the controversy and frustration of speech language pathologists around the world. To determine ones opinion regarding SLI’s in individuals, whose primary language is sign language, the basics of this disorder must first be addressed. According to Richard Schwartz, an SLI can be defined as an impairment of language comprehension, production, or both in the absence of a hearing impairment, a general developmental delay, any neurological impairment and/or a diagnosis of autism (2009). With 7% of the American population diagnosed with an SLI, it can be said that a more accurate prevalence can be identified if professionals identify reliable inclusionary characteristics of the disorder. if Based on this primary definition, a person who is Deaf and utilizes sign language as a primary form of communication purely based on his or her hearing impairment. Although many individuals with hearing impairments do
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