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The role of oral language in underpinning the text generation difficulties in children with specific language impairment

Dockrell, Julie and Connelly, Vincent (2013) The role of oral language in underpinning the text generation difficulties in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Research in Reading. ISSN 0141-0423. DOI UNSPECIFIED (In Press)

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Abstract

Children with specific language impairments (SLI) have difficulties in producing written text. It was hypothesized that the constraints on writing in children with SLI were similar to the constraints on writing in typically developing children of a younger age but with the same level of vocabulary knowledge. Twenty-three children with SLI (mean age of 10;5) were matched with 23 children for chronological age and 23 children for vocabulary performance. Children completed a range of language and writing assessments. Children with SLI performed significantly below their age matched peers but not their vocabulary matched peers on all aspects of written text production. Spelling levels and spelling errors of the children with SLI were also commensurate with vocabulary matched peers. Regression analyses indicated that written text measures of spelling errors and oral language measures of vocabulary were significant predictors of writing products for both the children with SLI and the VC group. The study highlights the importance both oral and written language on the quality of children’s written text and indicates, when provided with an oral prompt, the written texts of children with SLI were commensurate with their vocabulary and spelling levels.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:57
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