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ERIC Number: EJ857580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Non-Linguistic Cognitive Treatment for Primary Language Impairment
Ebert, Kerry Danahy; Kohnert, Kathryn
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v23 n9 p647-664 Sep 2009
Children with primary or "specific" language impairment (PLI) demonstrate subtle deficits in non-linguistic cognitive processing skills that may play a causal or contributing role in PLI. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possibility that short-term treatment of non-linguistic cognitive processing skills improves language abilities in school-aged children with PLI. Two children with severe PLI participated in a treatment study following a single-subject multiple-baseline design across participants and skill areas. Treatment activities targeted auditory memory and speed of processing for visual information. Results of both repeated dependent measures and pre- and post-standardized language testing indicated that participants made gains in expressive language skills, particularly naming. This preliminary evidence suggests that treatment of non-linguistic cognitive processing skills may facilitate change in some areas of language skill. Treatment of non-linguistic processing skills should be further explored as a complement to more traditional language interventions. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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