Nonword Repetition Performance in School-Age Children With and Without Language Impairment This study examined nonword repetition performance in a population-based sample of school-age children. A total of 581 second graders who were participating in a longitudinal, epidemiologic investigation of specific language impairment (SLI) were administered the Nonword Repetition Task (NRT) developed by Dollaghan & Campbell (1998) . Performance was examined according to ... Research Article
Research Article  |   August 01, 2000
Nonword Repetition Performance in School-Age Children With and Without Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan Ellis Weismer
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • J. Bruce Tomblin
    University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
  • Xuyang Zhang
    University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
  • Paula Buckwalter
    University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
  • Jan Gaura Chynoweth
    Janesville Public Schools Janesville, WI
  • Maura Jones
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
Article Information
Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   August 01, 2000
Nonword Repetition Performance in School-Age Children With and Without Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2000, Vol. 43, 865-878. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4304.865
History: Received November 1, 1999 , Accepted May 16, 2000
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2000, Vol. 43, 865-878. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4304.865
History: Received November 1, 1999; Accepted May 16, 2000

This study examined nonword repetition performance in a population-based sample of school-age children. A total of 581 second graders who were participating in a longitudinal, epidemiologic investigation of specific language impairment (SLI) were administered the Nonword Repetition Task (NRT) developed by Dollaghan & Campbell (1998) . Performance was examined according to second-grade diagnostic category, presence/absence of language impairment, and treatment status. Results indicated that children with language impairment, as well as those in intervention, exhibited deficient nonword repetition skills compared to normal language controls. Findings also confirmed that the NRT is a culturally nonbiased measure of language processing. Results from likelihood ratio analyses indicated that NRT performance, though not sufficient on its own, may provide a useful index to assist in ruling in or ruling out language disorder.

Acknowledgment
This project was supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, NIDCD, 5 P50 CD02746-04, Midwest Collaboration on Specific Language Impairment; the second author (Tomblin) is the Director, and the first author (Ellis Weismer) is an investigator on this project. We are extremely grateful to the children in the Iowa schools who participated in this study and to the three examiners who administered the task.
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