Mothers' Discourse Adjustments to Language-Impaired and Non-Language-Impaired Children Mothers' discourse adjustments addressed to language-impaired children and non-language-impaired children were studied. Mother-child dyads with 14 language-impaired children and 14 MLU-matched non-language-impaired children served as subjects. The mothers' discourse was compared on the following measures: meaning illocutions, cohesion illocutions, and dialogue participation. The children's participation in dialogue was also analyzed. ... Reports
Reports  |   November 01, 1983
Mothers' Discourse Adjustments to Language-Impaired and Non-Language-Impaired Children
 
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Reports   |   November 01, 1983
Mothers' Discourse Adjustments to Language-Impaired and Non-Language-Impaired Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1983, Vol. 48, 360-367. doi:10.1044/jshd.4804.360
History: Received May 3, 1982 , Accepted January 4, 1983
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1983, Vol. 48, 360-367. doi:10.1044/jshd.4804.360
History: Received May 3, 1982; Accepted January 4, 1983

Mothers' discourse adjustments addressed to language-impaired children and non-language-impaired children were studied. Mother-child dyads with 14 language-impaired children and 14 MLU-matched non-language-impaired children served as subjects. The mothers' discourse was compared on the following measures: meaning illocutions, cohesion illocutions, and dialogue participation. The children's participation in dialogue was also analyzed. Results indicated that the mothers' speech addressed to the two groups of children was highly similar, but the discourse performance of the language-impaired children was not like that of the non-language-impaired children. The clinical implications of these findings for the language-impaired children population are discussed.

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