Nature and Extent of Preschoolers' Language Delays in a Disadvataged Community

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Title Nature and Extent of Preschoolers' Language Delays in a Disadvataged Community
Author Hay, Ian; Elias, Gordon Christopher; Homel, Ross; Freiberg, Kathryn Jeanette; Ernst, Ruth; Jensen, Hether
Publication Title Reimagining Practice: Researching Change Volume Two: Proceedings of the 1st Annual International Conference on Cognition, Language, and Special Education Research
Editor Brendan Bartlett, Fiona Bryer & Dick Roebuck
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Griffith University, School of Cognition, Language and Special Education
Abstract The nature and prevalence of preschool children's language delays in an economically disadvantaged Brisbane community was investigated using three standardised language measures. The instruments assessed children's expressive vocabulary knowledge, receptive vocabulary knowledge, and provided measures of language form and grammar. These aspects of language were investigated in a sample of 157 children exiting preschool (mean age 5 years 3 months). Nineteen percent of the children performed at, or below, the 4-year-old level on the expressive vocabulary test and thirty-eight percent of the children had receptive vocabulary scores below the 4-year-old level. Grammar and language form were also significantly delayed. The educational implications of these delays are discussed along with suggestions for interventions. The research is part of a joint project conducted by Griffith University, Mission Australia and Education Queensland and funded by the Australian Research Council.
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ISBN 0 909291 86 1
Conference name 1st Annual International Conference on Cognition, Language & Special Education Researach
Location Surfers Paradise
Date From 2003-12-05
Date To 2003-12-07
Date Accessioned 2004-03-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Educational Psychology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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