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Children's naming and word-finding difficulties: descriptions and explanations

Messer, D and Dockrell, Julie (2006) Children's naming and word-finding difficulties: descriptions and explanations. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 49. pp. 309-324. ISSN 1092-4388. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Purpose: There are a substantial minority of children for whom lexical retrieval problems impede the normal pattern of language development and use. These problems include accurately producing the correct word even when the word?s meaning is understood; such children are often referred to as having word-finding difficulties (WFDs). This review examines the nature of naming and lexical retrieval difficulties in these and other groups of children. Method: A review of the relevant literature on lexical access difficulties in children with word finding difficulties was conducted. Studies were examined in the terms of population parameters and comparison groups included in the study. Results and Conclusions: Most discussions of the cognitive processes causing lexical retrieval difficulties have referred to semantics, phonology and processing speed. It is argued that our understanding of these topics will be further advanced by the use of appropriate methodology to test developmental models that both identify the processes in successfully performing different lexical retrieval tasks and more precisely locating the difficulties experienced by children with such tasks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Controlled Keywords: Children (not specific age group)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2009 11:57
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:14
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