The Comprehension of Indirect Directives by Children with SLI

Ewa Czaplewska , Radosław Sterczyński


Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a dysfunction in which, apart from abnormalities in the acquisition of language, there are no serious disturbances in psychomotor development. There is a great deal of literature on the active speech skills of children with SLI, but much less is known about their compe- tence in reception. The primary goal of the present study was to find out how children with SLI understand indirect directives addressed to them by asking them if the action was possible. The study was conducted using the authors’ own method for studying indirect directives. The clinical group consisted of 76 children with SLI, ranging in age from 4;0 to 6;11. A group of 136 children of the same age served as controls. The mean between-group results did not differ significantly in terms of reacting to indirect directives in a manner respon- sive to the speaker’s intention. In all age groups, however, the children with SLI had significantly lower scores than the controls in terms of interpreting the indirect directives as questions about the possibility of performing the action. The SLI group also displayed significantly more passive behav- iors than did the controls. Although these children with SLI did not differ from controls with normal language development in terms of understanding indirect directives in accordance with the speaker’s inten- tions, the failure to consider alternative interpretations was significantly greater among the SLI children, although the dif- ference becomes smaller with age.
Author Ewa Czaplewska
Ewa Czaplewska,,
, Radosław Sterczyński (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Radosław Sterczyński,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesActa Neuropsychologica, ISSN 1730-7503, (B 12 pkt)
Issue year2012
Vol10 (2)
Publication size in sheets0
ASJC Classification3202 Applied Psychology; 3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
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