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ERIC Number: EJ847872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Adult People with Language Impairment and Their Life Situation
Torrnqvist, Maria Carlson; Thulin, Sofia; Segnestam, Ylva; Horowitz, Laura
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v30 n4 p237-254 2009
Psychosocial outcome of language impairment (LI) was explored in interviews with three adults with LI (as children attended specialized boarding school) and four of their parents. The informants with LI expressed acceptance of LI and described themselves as independent. With driving education with adjusted pedagogy and initial governmental support, the informants with LI acquired driving licenses, developed work skills, and were paid salary by employers. Academic success was accredited to the specialized boarding school, though this limited development of social skills for social community participation. The adults with LI socialized nearly exclusively with family or peers with LI; described obvious angst for communicatively demanding situations, such as shopping in crowded stores; and described symptoms typical of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, social anxiety, and lower intellectual levels. Governmental support may facilitate accomplishment of life skill goals, increasing self-esteem in that realm. Negative social experiences, commonly without support outside family, reinforce behavioral trajectories toward further social isolation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden