ERIC Number: ED289271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Communicative Interaction between Nonhandicapped and Down Syndrome Children and Their Mothers.
Hooshyar, Nahid T.
The study sought to isolate and identify patterns occurring in language interactions between mothers and their nonhandicapped and Down Syndrome children. Data were collected as part of a 3-year study of language interaction. Twenty nonhandicapped (NH) and 20 Down Syndrome (DS) children and their mothers were evaluated via a demographic inventory, informal interview, and videotaped analysis of free play and mealtime language samples. Coding was accomplished via the Mother-Child Language Usage system. Results confirmed earlier studies suggesting the child's linguistic ability is the primary determinant of maternal speech. Mothers' speech directed to DS children was not significantly different in nature than mothers' speech directed to NH children, when the children were matched according to their linguistic ability. Findings also pointed out that settings played an important role in the type of utterances mothers directed toward their children. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).