Exploring late language development through cross-syndrome comparisons
Can cross-syndrome comparisons help us establish reliable diagnostic indicators of language impairment, across languages and across cultural and socioeconomic contexts, during the school years?
Cross-syndrome and cross-linguistic comparisons have important implications for clinical intervention programmes, which in turn strengthen the cross-disciplinary research interaction, critical to innovation. New methods will be devised to 1) provide a better understanding of the domains of language difficulties in children with speech, language and communication needs that will benefit from further linguistic analysis; 2) identify the shortcomings of language assessments currently used with primary and secondary school children of different language and socioeconomic backgrounds across Europe; 3) create assessment materials informed by linguistic theories.
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