ERIC Number: ED113876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Language Production Deficits in Learning Disabled Adolescents.
Wiig, Elisabeth H.; Semel, Eleanor M.
Evaluated were language production deficits in 32 learning disabled (LD) adolescents. Ss were administered a battery of subtests containing tasks sensitive to language production difficulties in cognition, convergent and divergent production of semantic units, word retrieval, and retrieval of syntactic structures. Results indicated that speech characteristics of LD Ss were close to normal except that phrase length was short and the simple declarative grammatical form was disproportionately used. Other findings showed that LD Ss were significantly deficient in the ability to retrieve accurate verbal opposites, to label pictorial presentations, to name foods, to formulate sentences, and to define words. Results suggested that oral language problems and productive language deficits in younger LD children may persist into adolescence. Findings also suggested a relationship between productive language deficits and delays in development of cognition and retrieval of verbal and syntactic elements. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Federation of Learning Disabilities (Second International Scientific Conference, Brussels, Belgium, January 3-7, 1975)