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ERIC Number: EJ1007676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
The Impact of Dual Tasking on Sentence Comprehension in Children with Specific Language Impairment
Leclercq, Anne-Lise; Majerus, Steve; Prigent, Gaid; Maillart, Christelle
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v56 n1 p265-280 Feb 2013
Purpose: In this study, the authors assessed the hypothesis of a limitation in attentional allocation capacity as underlying poor sentence comprehension in children with specific language impairment (SLI). Method: Fifteen children with SLI, 15 age-matched controls, and 15 grammar-matched controls participated in the study. Sixty sentences were presented in isolation, and 60 sentences were presented with a concurrent choice reaction time task in which colored stimuli randomly appeared at the center of the computer screen. Results: Sentence comprehension was affected by the dual-task condition to a greater extent in children with SLI relative to age controls but not relative to grammatical controls. Conclusion: This study does not support limitations in attentional allocation capacity as representing a core deficit in SLI. Rather, the data show that these children show attentional allocation capacity comparable to that of younger children having similar language level, suggesting that SLI is characterized by a slowed development of both attentional and language domains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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