Conversational skills of peer to peer discourse in typically developing school aged children
Fulcher, Katrina Rae
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More information is needed regarding the conversational skills of typically developing children. A more comprehensive look of conversation in the typically developing child will serve to provide important diagnostic and therapeutic information for children with conversational deficits. The current study examined conversations of two typically developing children during experimental tasks. Variables such as comments, questions, question functions, coherency, topic shifts, and interruptions were analyzed and compared across tasks and participants. Variables were also compared to conversations of two children with cochlear implants. The study found that typically developing children demonstrate great conversational flexibility by using a varying amount of comments and questions during conversation. Furthermore, typically developing children and children with cochlear implants exhibited a difference in question functions and overlapping speech during experimental tasks.