NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ844294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Communicative Acts of a Child with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome during Early Communicative Development
Carvey, Jayme S.; Bernhardt, B. May
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v25 n2 p172-190 2009
Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTS) is a rare genetic developmental disorder that often shows associated language delay. However, literature on language development in RTS is very limited, particularly for the period of early communicative development, when standardized testing can be minimally informative. The purpose of the current study was to present a descriptive profile of the intentional communicative acts of a 4-year-old child with RTS, both to add to the literature on the syndrome, and as an example of non-standard profiling of early communication. The child was video-recorded in a natural context with familiar conversational partners. Analyses of the videotaped interactions included rate of communication, communicative functions and modes, and discourse patterns in terms of initiation and response. The child's mean rate of communication was 6 communicative acts per minute. In terms of communicative function, assertive (commenting) communicative acts were most common, followed by directive (requests) and expressive (affective) acts. Mode of communication was less advanced than communicative function; vocalizations were the most frequent mode, although linguistic skills were emerging (signs, single words). Implications for treatment are suggested for children with development delays on the threshold between prelinguistic and one-word phases of development. (Contains 5 tables and 3 footnotes.)
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A