ERIC Number: ED257243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Topic Initiation and Sustaining in Conversations of Language Impaired Children with Their Mothers.
Dromi, Esther; Beny-Noked, Sara
The study compared conversations of mothers with language impaired children--LIC--(4-6 years old) to conversations of mothers with linguistic achieving children. The experimental group consisted of 8 mother-child dyads, and 2 control groups consisted of 16 dyads, matched to chronological and linguistic age. Each dyad was recorded in two versions of a storytelling task and a task of playing with toys. Analysis revealed that conversations of mothers and LIC in the storytelling condition were the shortest, included the highest proportion of mothers' monologues, and were imbalanced with mothers showing the dominant pattern. In the playing condition, the results were markedly different. In six variables (compared with only one in storytelling), the experimental Ss manifested similar behaviors to both control groups. It was suggested that mothers should be instructed in therapy to use the context of storytelling for developing interactive conversations. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (9th, Boston, MA, October, 1984).