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Theory of mind in children with severe speech and physical impairment (SSPI): a longitudinal study

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TitleTheory of mind in children with severe speech and physical impairment (SSPI): a longitudinal study
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractSix children with cerebral palsy and severe speech impairment took part in a two-phase longitudinal study of development of social cognition. The children ranged in age from 5 to 7 years old at data collection time 1 and from nine to 11 years old at data collection time 2. Using a model of normal development of Theory of Mind (ToM) suggested by Gopnik and Slaughter (1991), the children were tested on a number of tasks requiring (ToM). The findings suggest that the children with speech impairment follow a normal pattern of development, but with a severe delay compared with children without disability. The results are discussed in relation to problems in early social and communicative experience for the group of children with cerebral palsy and severe speech impairment.
AuthorsFalkman, K. W., Dahlgren Sandberg A., and Hjelmquist E.
Year of Publication2005
PublicationInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Volume52
Issue2
Pages139-157
ISSN1034-912X (print); 1465-346X (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10349120500086397#.Uywj4YWrOHs
Keywords (MeSH)child, communication barriers, developmental disabilities, language development, language development disorders, language tests, memory, motor skills disorders, theory of mind
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