Questions of Developmental Neurolinguistic Assessment

  • Michael A. Crary
  • Kyjta K. S. Voeller
  • Nancy J. Haak
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


It is obvious upon the most casual inspection that children develop language gradually and that there is an apparent temporal sequence to the acquisition of linguistic skills. A basic premise of this chapter is that the order of events of language acquisition reflects, or more pointedly, is dependent upon, a normal sequence of neurological maturation. This seems to be an almost obvious supposition. Yet the clinical evaluation of communicative abilities in children has not, to date, subscribed to a developmental neurolinguistic philosophy. In the following pages the questions of the utility of a developmental neurolinguistic approach to speech/language assessment will be addressed. It would be preliminary to offer a comprehensive model given present knowledge. Nonetheless, the major purpose is to propose the possibility of such an approach and to identify areas for additional study.


Left Hemisphere Language Development Language Acquisition Language Function Right Hemisphere 
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  • Michael A. Crary
    • 1
  • Kyjta K. S. Voeller
    • 1
  • Nancy J. Haak
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Communicative Disorders and NeurologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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