Abstract

The present study aimed to provide information about oral narratives comprehension in a group of Chilean children diagnosed with Specifi c Language Impairment (SLI), without pragmatic disorders. Sixty children were divided into three different groups: 1) twenty children with SLI (average age of 6.6 years old), 2) twenty children grouped by chronological age, and 3) twenty children grouped by linguistic age. Both control groups demonstrated typical language development. Narrative comprehension was assessed through factual and inferential questions based in three stories. Results showed that children with SLI are similar to the linguistic controls when considering the global comprehension, factual and inferential questions, while they significantly differed from the chronological controls.

Keywords: Language comprehension, narrative, Specific Language Impairment, factual comprehension, inferential comprehension