Criteria for SLI: The Stark and Tallal legacy and beyond

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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 norm-referenced 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-957
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1998


  • Assessment
  • IQ scores
  • Language
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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