Teaching Complex Sentences This report presents a case study of a ten-year-old girl referred for language training. Diagnostic labels included "learning disabilities, especially in the area of receptive and expressive language," "poor auditory processing, " and "poor auditory memory. " Careful analysis of both expressive and receptive language revealed that this girl had ... Research Article
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Research Article  |   January 01, 1981
Teaching Complex Sentences
 
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  • Dorothy L. Tyack is affiliated with the Scottish Rite Institute for Childhood Aphasia, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132. Requests for reprints may be sent to her there.
    Dorothy L. Tyack is affiliated with the Scottish Rite Institute for Childhood Aphasia, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132. Requests for reprints may be sent to her there.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1981
Teaching Complex Sentences
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1981, Vol. 12, 49-56. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1201.49
History: Received November 5, 1979 , Accepted March 24, 1980
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1981, Vol. 12, 49-56. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1201.49
History: Received November 5, 1979; Accepted March 24, 1980

This report presents a case study of a ten-year-old girl referred for language training. Diagnostic labels included "learning disabilities, especially in the area of receptive and expressive language," "poor auditory processing, " and "poor auditory memory. " Careful analysis of both expressive and receptive language revealed that this girl had mastered rules governing simple sentence structure, but her failure to acquire rules for complex sentence structure had apparently affected comprehension of classroom instruction and reading comprehension.

This case study suggests that many other children, similarly labeled, may have difficulty with highly specific features of English grammar, rather than global auditory deficits. Examples of testing for specific complex sentence types, two training programs, and pre- and post-test data are included.

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