The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a group of 116 Dutch children with specific language impairment (SLI) shows differences in sensory processing when compared to a control group of age-matched 4-7-year-old typical peers. The Sensory Profile-NL-a standardized questionnaire of 125 items-was completed by caregivers of children in both groups. Children with SLI differed significantly from the control group on all 14 section scores and 4 quadrant scores of the Sensory Profile-NL. The effect size of the difference in sensory modulation patterns of children with and without SLI on this measure was large (Cohen's d ≥ 0.80). Difficulties in sensory modulation can be characterized as frequent co-morbid problems in children with SLI.

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Keywords Language development, Sensory processing, Sensory profile, Specific language impairment
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Journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
Taal, M.N, Rietman, A.B, Meulen, S.V.D, Schipper, M, & Dejonckere, P.H. (2013). Children with specific language impairment show difficulties in sensory modulation. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 38(2), 70–78. doi:10.3109/14015439.2012.687760