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The nature of written language deficits in children with SLI

Mackie, Clare and Dockrell, Julie (2004) The nature of written language deficits in children with SLI. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 47. pp. 1469-1482. ISSN 1092-4388. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Children with Speech and Language Impairment (SLI) have associated difficulties in reading decoding and reading comprehension. To date few research studies have examined the children's written language. The aim of the present study was to provide data, which would evaluate the nature and extent of the children?s difficulties with writing, and to investigate the relationship between oral and written language. Eleven children with SLI were identified, with a mean age of 11 (age range 9:8-12:1) and were compared with a group of children matched for chronological age (CA) mean age 11:2 (age range 10-12.3) and language age (LA), with a mean chronological age of 7:3 (age range 6-9:8). All groups completed a language measure, the Bus Story Test of Continuous Speech (Renfrew, 1985), a standardised measure of writing, the Picture Story Language Test (Myklebust, 1965), and a reading assessment, the Wechsler Objective Reading Dimensions (Rust, Golombok & Trickey, 1993). The writing assessment revealed that the SLI group wrote fewer words and produced proportionately more spelling and syntax errors than the CA group. There was no difference between the groups on a measure of the content of written language. The SLI group also produced proportionately more syntax errors than the LA group. The relationships between oral language, reading and writing differed for the three groups. The SLI group revealed specific difficulties in the omission of verbs and verbal morphology. The nature and extent of the children's written language problems are considered in the context of difficulties with spoken language.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2004 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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