ERIC Number: ED232403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Communicatively Inhibiting Behaviors of Mothers with Language Disordered Children.
Hardee, W. Paul
Four mothers and their language handicapped children (2-4 years old) were compared with four mothers and their normal language children. Mother-child interactions were tape recorded and analyzed for semantic, syntactic, and morphologic complexity. The normal language group had more sophisticated semantic, syntactic, and morphologic abilities than their language disordered counterparts. Mothers of language disordered Ss simplified their speech to their children compared to the speech directed at normal age peers and adults. They also tended to dominate and direct conversation more and to be more tutorial than mothers of the normal language group. Although it was concluded that no definitive relationship between mothers' language model and interaction patterns and their child's language growth had been established, some mothers could benefit from a formal language training program. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Southern Speech Communication Association Convention (Orlando, FL, April 6-9, 1983).