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Res Dev Disabil. 2014 Dec;35(12):3534-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.031. Epub 2014 Sep 18.

Differential verbal working memory effects on linguistic production in children with Specific Language Impairment.

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1
Department of Human Sciences, University of Udine, Udine, Italy; IRCCS "E. Medea: La Nostra Famiglia", San Vito al Tagliamento, Pn, Italy. Electronic address: andrea.marini@uniud.it.
2
IRCCS "E. Medea: La Nostra Famiglia", Bosisio Parini, Lc, Italy.
3
Department of Human Sciences, University of Udine, Udine, Italy; IRCCS "E. Medea: La Nostra Famiglia", San Vito al Tagliamento, Pn, Italy.

Abstract

Deficits in verbal working memory (vWM) have often been reported in children with Specific Language Impairments (SLIs) and might significantly contribute to their linguistic difficulties. The linguistic and narrative skills of a group of children with diagnosis of SLI were compared to those of a group of children with typical development. The linguistic assessment included a comprehensive analysis of their lexical, grammatical and narrative abilities. Overall, the participants with SLI had difficulties at all three levels of linguistic processing. The effect of vWM was marginal on lexical processing, significant on grammatical structuring, and null on narrative construction.

KEYWORDS:

Language; Non word repetition; Specific Language Impairment; Verbal working memory

PMID:
25240219
DOI:
10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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