Access Behaviors of Children With Specific Language Impairment The verbal and nonverbal behaviors used by 5 children with specific language impairment (SLI) to attempt to gain access into established interactions were described and compared with those of chronological-age-mates and language-similar control subjects. Three of the children with SLI were unsuccessful. Two of the children with SLI achieved access ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 1993
Access Behaviors of Children With Specific Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Holly K. Craig
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Julie A. Washington
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Contact author: Holly K. Craig, PhD, Communicative Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan, 1111 E. Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2054. E-mail: holly_craig@um.cc.umich.edu
Article Information
Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 1993
Access Behaviors of Children With Specific Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1993, Vol. 36, 322-337. doi:10.1044/jshr.3602.322
History: Received May 26, 1992 , Accepted September 23, 1992
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1993, Vol. 36, 322-337. doi:10.1044/jshr.3602.322
History: Received May 26, 1992; Accepted September 23, 1992

The verbal and nonverbal behaviors used by 5 children with specific language impairment (SLI) to attempt to gain access into established interactions were described and compared with those of chronological-age-mates and language-similar control subjects. Three of the children with SLI were unsuccessful. Two of the children with SLI achieved access but did so without using linguistic forms like those most normal-language children use. All of the children with normal language accessed, and most did so quickly and easily using an orderly and sequential set of indirect behaviors. The findings contribute to social-linguistic characterizations of SLI and clarify specific aspects of access described in the normal-language literature.

Acknowledgments
The authors wish to thank Mary E. Winkelseth and Karen J. Parker for their assistance in various aspects of the data reduction.
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