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Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and NeuronUP

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For six years we have included the use of NeuronUP in the treatment of Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Our priority is to offer our patients an innovative, dynamic, ecologically valid and customizable tool that helps them to advance in their intervention.

Specific Language Impairment (SLI)

Specific Language Impairment, SLI, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the acquisition and development of oral language because it can alter the comprehension area, the expressive area or both.

Essentially, we can say that a specific language disorder exists when the level of language skills affects the child’s ability to meet the social and educational expectations expected at his or her age.

It qualifies as a heterogeneous disorder. First, no two specific language disorders will ever be the same. Secondly, the symptoms vary greatly from one child to another and do not always present the same form and intensity.

Involvement of language components

Specific language impairment may involve one or several language components: phonetic and phonological, semantic, morphosyntactic or pragmatic.

Warning Signs in Specific Language Impairment

Between 0-12 months

Between 12-24 months

Between 2-3 years of age

Between 3-4 years of age

Between 4-5 years of age

Between 5-6 years of age

Causes of Specific Language Impairment

Although the prevalence of SLI is between 2% and 7% of the child population, the cause of specific language impairment is unknown. However, there are findings that suggest a strong genetic link. For this reason, children with this disorder are more likely to have parents and siblings who have also had speech difficulties and delays. In fact, 50% to 70% of children with SLI have at least one family member with the disorder.

Research on Specific Language Impairment

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) supports a wide range of research that seeks to understand the genetic basis of SLI and the nature of the language deficits that cause it. They also seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children with the disorder.

Specific Language Impairment Intervention

At the clinic we design an individual therapeutic plan based on the linguistic profile of the child with SLD and his or her level of communication.

We focus the treatment on the specific deficiencies presented by the patient with specific language disorder in terms of comprehension and phonetic, semantic, morphosyntactic or pragmatic skills. In addition, we analyze their environment and try to create a favorable environment for language development, advising communication guidelines in the family and school environment.

For the last six years we have included in the treatment of TEL the use of the NeuronUP tool, to offer the possibility of working with our patients through face-to-face and online sessions, in a dynamic, interactive, ecologically valid and totally personalized way. Of course, stimulating cognitive skills that help to advance in the intervention of patients with specific language disorder:


Experience tells us that perseverance and maintaining the enthusiasm for learning allow us to achieve great advances in our patients with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). For this reason, we chose a powerful, innovative, versatile and ecologically valid tool, NeuronUP.

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