The Impact of Attention Deficits on Response to Early Intervention for Language Impairment

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The Impact of Attention Deficits on Response to Early Intervention for Language Impairment

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dc.contributor.advisor Hughes, Carroll en
dc.creator Ohlenforst, Kristen Michelle en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-12T18:05:39Z en
dc.date.available 2010-07-12T18:05:39Z en
dc.date.issued 2006-08-11 en
dc.identifier.other en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152.5/444 en
dc.description.abstract Young children exhibiting language impairment (LI) evidence a wide variety of difficulties in problematic language, coordination, attention, perception, social skills, and emotional well-being. Such children are often vulnerable to a number of prevailing cognitive, academic, and social difficulties, this vulnerability begs the need for early intervention. Attention appears to be particularly variable in children with language impairment (Cantwell&Baker, 1991). Specifically, a large percentage of language impaired children have a comorbid diagnosis of ADHD; alternately, as many as 50% percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have an underlying oral language deficit (Cohen, Barwick, Horodezky, Vallance,&Im, 1998; Cohen, Davine, Horodezky, Lipsett,&Isaacson, 1993; Cohen et al., 1998; Gualtieri, Koriath, Van Bourgondien,&Saleeby, 1983). To date, however, there is a paucity of research investigating how attention deficits moderate the language-impaired child's response to intervention and remediation. The current study examines the impact of an experimental intervention aimed at the remediation of language, coordination, attention, and perception deficits in 20 children (ages 3-9) considered to be At Risk for Language-Learning Disorders. This study examines participants' responses over the 1st year of a 2-year explicit intervention integrating two explicit instruction methods (the Montessori Method and the Association Method). Response on all measures utilized was calculated utilizing the Reliable Change Index (RCI; Jacobson&Truax, 1991). Participants' response to intervention during the 1st year, as measured by language/vocabulary outcomes on the CELF-4, CELF-PS:2, EOWPVT, and ROWPVT, was shown to be relatively minimal. Contrary to expectation, attention deficits at baseline did not associate significantly and inversely with improvement in language/vocabulary scores. A secondary focus of this study examined participants' change in emotional and social functioning (as measured by the BASC TRS), as it related to language/vocabulary outcomes. Small cells sizes prohibited the majority of the proposed analyses, but frequency analyses and paired-samples t-tests revealed significant increases in Internalizing Problems, Anxiety, Depression, Withdrawal, and Aggression. Alternately, 56% of the participants exhibited significant improvement in Social Skills. en
dc.format.medium Electronic en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Speech Disorders en
dc.subject Early Intervention (Education) en
dc.subject Attention Deficit Disorders en
dc.title The Impact of Attention Deficits on Response to Early Intervention for Language Impairment en
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dc.type.genre dissertation en
dc.format.digitalOrigin born digital en
thesis.degree.grantor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences en
thesis.degree.department en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts en
thesis.degree.level M.A. en
thesis.degree.discipline Biomedical Communications en
thesis.date.available 2010-01-14 en

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