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ERIC Number: ED189798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Normal and Down's Syndrome Children's Listening Preferences for Maternal Speech. Final Report.
McCaul, James; Turnure, James
The paper--half of which consists of appended charts, data, and the like--reports on two studies investigating the listening preferences of normal and Down's syndrome infants for recordings of adult speech to a normal 18 month old in contrast to adult speech to another adult. In the first study, Ss in both groups were 12, 15, and 18 months of age. The normal 18 month old was the only S to show a statistically significant preference for either speech sample, and he preferred the speech addressed to the 18 month old. Implications are discussed concerning the relationship between selective listening and environmental language input. In the second study, groups of 12 month old children were to be studied longitudinally for 6 months, along with a group of Down's syndrome children matched with the normal infants for language level. The study was not completed due to the difficulty in finding appropriate Ss. This difficulty is discussed, and a method for avoiding it in future research is recommended. (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
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