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Volume 28 Issue 1 (March 2010), Pages 1-216

Developmental disorders of language and literacy: Special issue (pages 1-4)

Language and literacy are cognitive skills of exceptional complexity. It is therefore not surprising that they are at risk of impairment either during development or as a result of damage (e.g. stroke) later in life. Impaired language and literacy can arise from a general learning impairment. However, two developmental disorders, specific language impairment (SLI) and dyslexia, which affect oral and written language, respectively, are ‘specific’ in that they are not part of a more general learning difficulty. SLI and dyslexia each affect 5–10% of the general population, and they are the focus of the papers in this special issue.

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