Specific Language Impairment

Tips for in the Classroom and Home


Children with SLI do not develop language skills in the same way their typically developing peers do. Therefore, supplemental support within the classroom is necessary for them to reach their potential and perform, academically, as best as possible.

Tips for Teachers

• Be aware of characteristics of children who have Specific Language Impairment

• Inform yourselves of children who are diagnosed with SLI

• Learn as much as you can about that child’s specific language impairment

• Define their strengths and weaknesses

• Incorporate their interests to create opportunities for success and growth

• Consult the IEP report and SLP to find out what their language goals are and how the SLP recommends you accommodate their needs

• Look for resources and materials to help the student

• Regularly communicate with the parents to share their progress and learn of their performance at home

Tips for Parents

• Seek an evaluation by SLP

• Learn the specifics of their language impairment… the more you know the more you can help!

• Be patient

• Meet with the school to assist the team in developing an IEP

• Be aware of the therapy they are receiving with the SLP and ask how to incorporate those strategies at home

• Listen to your child

• Talk to other parents


Parent Center Hub (2014). Speech and language impairments. Center for Parent Information and Resources. Retrieved from http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/speechlanguage/#teachers

Spear-Swerling, L. (2006). Specific language impairment. LD Online. Retrieved from http://www.ldonline.org/spearswerling/Specific_Language_Impairment