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Majorano, Marinella; Guidotti, Laura; Guerzoni, Letizia; Murri, Alessandra; Morelli, Marika; Cuda, Domenico; Lavelli, Manuela – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2018
Background: In recent years many studies have shown that the use of cochlear implants (CIs) improves children's skills in processing the auditory signal and, consequently, the development of both language comprehension and production. Nevertheless, many authors have also reported that the development of language skills in children with CIs is…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parents as Teachers
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Zampini, Laura; Draghi, Lara; Silibello, Gaia; Dall'Ara, Francesca; Rigamonti, Claudia; Suttora, Chiara; Zanchi, Paola; Salerni, Nicoletta; Lalatta, Faustina; Vizziello, Paola – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2018
Background: Children with sex chromosome trisomies (SCT) frequently show problems in language development. However, a clear description of the communicative patterns of these children is still lacking. Aims: To describe the first stages of language development in children with SCT in comparison with those in typically developing (TD) children. The…
Descriptors: Infants, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Play
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Rinaldi, Pasquale; Baruffaldi, Francesca; Burdo, Sandro; Caselli, Maria Cristina – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2013
Background: An increasing number of deaf children received cochlear implants (CI) in the first years of life, but no study has focused on linguistic and pragmatic skills in children with CI younger than 3 years of age. Aims: To estimate the percentage of children who had received a CI before 2 years of age whose linguistic skills were within the…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Hearing Impairments, Assistive Technology, Language Skills
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Dispaldro, Marco; Leonard, Laurence B.; Deevy, Patricia – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2013
Background: In many languages a weakness in non-word repetition serves as a useful clinical marker of specific language impairment (SLI) in children. However, recent work in Italian has shown that the repetition of real words may also have clinical utility. For young typically developing Italian children, real word repetition is more predictive of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Italian, Language Impairments, Children
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Lerna, Anna; Esposito, Dalila; Conson, Massimiliano; Russo, Luigi; Massagli, Angelo – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a common treatment choice for non-verbal children with autism. However, little empirical evidence is available on the usefulness of PECS in treating social-communication impairments in autism. Aims: To test the effects of PECS on social-communicative skills in children with autism,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship, Autism, Observation
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Bello, A.; Giannantoni, P.; Pettenati, P.; Stefanini, S.; Caselli, M. C. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: Understanding lexical abilities in infants and toddlers is important, yet no single tool can be used. Aims: To perform a validation of a new tool (known as the Picture Naming Game, or "PiNG") for assessing lexical comprehension and production in toddlers and to obtain developmental trends for Italian children. Methods &…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Naming, Games, Measures (Individuals)
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Cattani, Allegra; Bonifacio, Serena; Fertz, Mariacristina; Iverson, Jana M.; Zocconi, Elisabetta; Caselli, M. Cristina – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Background: Research conducted on preterm children's linguistic skills has provided varying pictures, and the question of whether and to what extent preterm children are delayed in early language acquisition remains largely unresolved. Aims: To examine communicative and linguistic development during the second year in a group of Italian children…
Descriptors: Premature Infants, Toddlers, Language Acquisition, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Zampini, Laura; D'Odorico, Laura – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: Children with Down's syndrome seem to show a preference for the use of gestural rather than vocal productions during the first stages of language development. This "gestural advantage" could actually be due to a developmental strategy used to compensate the difficulties in verbal production that are typical of language…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition, Nonverbal Communication, Down Syndrome
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Dispaldro, Marco; Benelli, Beatrice; Marcolini, Stefania; Stella, Giacomo – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: Non-word repetition in children is a skill related to, but separable from grammatical ability. Lexical skill may bridge the gap between these two abilities. Aims: The main aim was to determine whether real-word-repetition tasks could be better as predictors of grammatical ability than non-word-repetition tasks in children with typical…
Descriptors: Repetition, Grammar, Language Skills, Young Children
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Roch, Maja; Levorato, M. Chiara – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: According to the "Simple View of Reading" (Hoover and Gough 1990), individual differences in reading comprehension are accounted for by decoding skills and listening comprehension, each of which makes a unique and specific contribution. Aims: The current research was aimed at testing the Simple View of Reading in individuals…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Listening Comprehension, Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension
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Bonifacio, Serena; Girolametto, Luigi; Bulligan, Manuela; Callegari, Monica; Vignola, Sandra; Zocconi, Elisabetta – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2007
Background: Previous research on the pragmatic abilities of late talkers at 24 months of age indicates that they have difficulties initiating conversational interactions, but possess intact responsiveness skills. This study uses a parent-administered questionnaire for evaluating the conversational skills of late talkers and suggesting pragmatic…
Descriptors: Delayed Speech, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills, Italian
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Bortolini, Umberta; Arfe, Barbara; Caselli, Cristina M.; Degasperi, Luisa; Deevy, Patricia; Leonard, Laurence B. – International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 2006
Background: The discovery of clinical markers for specific language impairment (SLI) in children can assist in the accurate identification of children with this disorder, and in a description of the disorder's phenotype for genetic study. One challenge to this type of research is the fact that languages vary in the most salient symptoms of SLI.…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Clinical Diagnosis, Italian, Speech Language Pathology