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© 2014, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston. The procedural deficit hypothesis (PDH) claims that language deficits in children with specific language impairment (SLI) are caused by sequence learning deficits. Previous studies provided evidence that were both in favor and against this hypothesis. Few studies reported on sequence learning pattern in SLI children using various modifications of the serial reaction time (SRT) task. The present study aimed to examine the PDH by examining sequence learning pattern in SLI using an adapted SRT task. The study also examines the sequence learning pattern among typically developing and SLI children. Results are discussed with relevance to sequence learning pattern and language deficits in SLI children.

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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

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