ERIC Number: ED294385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Communicative Abilities of Disabled and Nondisabled Children.
Mathinos, Debra A.
The study evaluated the communicative abilities of 30 learning disabled and 30 nondisabled children (ages 9-13 years) in two communication tasks. The study also attempted to investigate the relationships among factors believed to influence such abilities and to identify subgroups of disabled children based on profiles derived from the following factors: skills in a referential task and a semi-structured dyadic interaction; self-perceptions of social acceptance, behavior/conduct, and self-worth; and cognitive processes as evidenced by intelligence test subscale scores. Statistical analyses supported the hypothesis that the communicative abilities and related self-perceptions of learning disabled children differ markedly from those of nondisabled children. In addition, the use of strategies, whether to narrow the comparisons needed in a referential task or to maintain engagement in a conversation, was found to play an influential role in subjects' success on the communication tasks. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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).