Narrative production and comprehension is a difficult task for children with language impairment (LI). Their stories are typically shorter and contain more grammatical errors than the stories of typically developing age-matched peers. This pilot study describes the abilities of six children with LI to produce stories from pictured stimuli. Stories were elicited from each child during a 10-week period. Stimulus pictures and coding procedures from the Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument were employed to analyze the participants' story grammar (SG). Eight SG elements were assessed including character introduction, setting, initiating event (IE), internal response (IR), internal plan (IP), attempt, and outcome. The children varied highly in their production of SG elements. The SG elements that described the internal states, emotions, and motivations of the characters were the most difficult for all participants.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Alldredge, Molly Roxanne, "The Ability of Six Children with Language Impairment to Generate Stories from Pictured Stimuli: A Pilot Study" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 6587.
language impairment, story generation, story grammar, narrative, social communication intervention, Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument