Language Problems in Children with Learning Disabilities Article Review by Research Group

Language Problems in Children with Learning Disabilities
An in-depth discussion and analysis of the article ""Language Problems in Children with Learning Disabilities: Do They Interfere with Maternal Communication?" by Helena Rasku-Puttonen.
# 26817 | 8,004 words | 23 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 19, 2003 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Education (Special)

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This research delves into the still open question of the influence of family interaction on communication impairments and learning disabilities. It shows how some have suggested that interactional or family environment factors combined with neurocognitive issues are relevant in the etiology, the manifestation, and the maintenance of learning disabilities, since guided participation through joint involvement with parents as well as with other social partners is essential for "learning to learn." The paper explains how this is where the child first learns to handle intellectual skills and tools such as language. Some parental behaviors are thought to hinder language development. Children with learning disabilities show the inability to employ effective communication strategies, and this lack seems to develop over time. It analyzes why children with language disorders show greater difficulty in selecting and using appropriate vocabulary than do children with language disorders, but why the evidence implicates underlying language deficits for children with LD as well.

From the Paper:

"This article reports on a study of parent-child interaction by observing two carefully matched subgroups: 1) school-age boys with learning disabilities (LD) who showed a discrepancy between their verbal IQ and performance IQ and had more extensive difficulties in higher-level language abilities; and 2) boys with LD who did not manifest a discrepancy between verbal IQ and performance IQ. The effects of the child's language problems on child task performance and on the quality of maternal communication were analyzed in a mother-child problem solving task. Children in the first group were found to be less successful on the task than children in the second group, and their mothers also showed lower communication clarity in their instructions than the mothers of the children in the second group. The researcher also notes an interesting interaction effect for communication deviances. For mothers in the first group, the extent of deficient communication increased from the monologue to the dialogue situation, whereas communication deviances decreased for mothers in the second group. This leads to a discussion of three possible models to explain the differences between the two groups."

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