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Patterns in early interaction between young preschool children with severe speech and physical impairments and their parents

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TitlePatterns in early interaction between young preschool children with severe speech and physical impairments and their parents
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe aim of this study is to examine whether the asymmetrical pattern of communication usually found between people who use augmentative and alternative communication and their partners using natural speech was also found in the interaction between non-vocal young preschool children with cerebral palsy and their parents. Three parent–child dyads (children’s age 2;5–3;4 and developmental age 18 months) were video-recorded during everyday activities. Three comparison dyads with children matched for developmental age and sex with the children in the focus dyads were studied in the same situations. There were only small differences between the two sets of children, while the parents in the focus dyads were more active than the parents in the comparison dyads. The results are discussed in relation to early intervention, aiming at enhancing development of functional patterns of interaction.
AuthorsDahlgren Sandberg, A., and Liliedahl M.
Year of Publication2008
PublicationChild Language Teaching and Therapy
Volume24
Issue1
Pages9-30
ISSN0265-6590 (print) 1477-0865 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265659007084566
Keywords (MeSH)cerebral palsy, child, communication, early intervention, parents