This study describes a series of case studies on topic management patterns of five children (ages 5 to 10 years) with language impairment. The children participated in semi-structured topic tasks that assessed conversational abilities on topics that were verbally introduced and topics that were introduced both verbally and with an object. Although there was considerable variability among participants, the children generally responded to most introductions by acknowledging and maintaining the topic. With the exception of one child, however, the children in this study demonstrated immature topic manipulation patterns that could be expected to have negative social ramifications.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baker, Kimberly Kasey, "Topic Manipulation in Five Children with Language Impairment in Response to Topic Probes" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 6588.
topic manipulation, language impairment, conversation, pragmatics