Recommending Intervention for Toddlers With Specific Language Learning Difficulties We May Not Have All the Answers, But We Know a Lot Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   February 01, 1998
Recommending Intervention for Toddlers With Specific Language Learning Difficulties
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lesley B. Olswang
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Barbara Rodriguez
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Geralyn Timler
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Contact author: Lesley B. Olswang, University of Washington, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1417 NE 42nd Street, Seattle, WA 98105-6246
Article Information
Development / Special Populations / Language Disorders / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   February 01, 1998
Recommending Intervention for Toddlers With Specific Language Learning Difficulties
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1998, Vol. 7, 23-32. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0701.23
History: Received April 16, 1997 , Accepted October 30, 1997
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1998, Vol. 7, 23-32. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0701.23
History: Received April 16, 1997; Accepted October 30, 1997

This paper presents a review of the literature designed to identify child behaviors that shape a profile of toddlers who should receive intervention. The review presents empirically documented predictors of language change and risk factors for language impairment. It examines research addressing the children having difficulty learning language and children developing typically. The argument presented is that toddlers who exhibit few positive predictors of change and many risk factors are more likely to have a true impairment and need intervention than toddlers who exhibit many predictors of change and few risk factors. The review attempts to paint a profile of toddlers for whom treatment should be recommended and those for whom a watch and see approach should be followed.

Author Note
The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the helpful comments provided by Luigi Girolametto, Donna Thal, and Marc Fey in the final phases of writing this manuscript.
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