Identification of adults with developmental language impairments

Lesley J. Fidler, Elena Plante, Rebecca Vance

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Purpose: To assess the utility of a wide range of language measures (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) for the identification of adults with developmental language impairment. Method: Measures were administered to 3 groups of adults, each representing a population expected to demonstrate high levels of language impairment, and to matched control groups. Results: Three measures were the strongest contributors to identification of language impairment in the 3 groups of adults. These measures,combined, maximized identification of members of the clinical groups as having impaired language (sensitivity) and members of the control groups as having typical language (specificity). Conclusion: This suggests that a relatively brief battery could have utility for identifying developmental language impairment during the adult years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Adults
  • Assessment
  • Learning disability
  • Specific language impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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