Tell me a story!

Dr. Christina Reuterskiöld’s paper “Narrative skills in Swedish children with language impairment” has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Communication Disorders. Along with two colleagues (Dr. Kristina Hansson and Dr. Birgitta Sahlén) in the Department of Logopedics and Phoniatrics at Lund University in Sweden, Dr. Reuterskiöld examined story telling skills in 17 children with language impairment and two control groups of age peers with typical development. Results showed that the group with language impairment developed their narrative skills, but not to the level of typically developing children at age 10. Remaining vulnerable areas were grammatical accuracy and lexical variation in terms of number of different verbs used. The results correspond well with results from studies of school-aged English-speaking children with language impairment.

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