Effects of Play Materials on the Topic Performance of Preschool Children This study represents an attempt to empirically support clinical intuition regarding the effects of physical context variables on pragmatic performance. Specifically, the effects of different play materials on the topic performance of 24 4- to 5-year-old children were examined. Children were divided into 12 dyads, 6 male and 6 female, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1986
Effects of Play Materials on the Topic Performance of Preschool Children
 
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  • Susan K. Wanska is an assistant professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Jan L. Bedrosian is an assistant professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Joanne C. Pohlman is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
    Susan K. Wanska is an assistant professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Jan L. Bedrosian is an assistant professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Joanne C. Pohlman is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 01, 1986
Effects of Play Materials on the Topic Performance of Preschool Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 152-159. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.152
History: Received July 2, 1984 , Accepted May 30, 1985
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 152-159. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.152
History: Received July 2, 1984; Accepted May 30, 1985

This study represents an attempt to empirically support clinical intuition regarding the effects of physical context variables on pragmatic performance. Specifically, the effects of different play materials on the topic performance of 24 4- to 5-year-old children were examined. Children were divided into 12 dyads, 6 male and 6 female, and videotaped in three counterbalanced play situations: Legos, miniature hospital set , and hospital props. All topic initiations and shadings were coded for specific types of topic categories. In support of our clinical intuition, certain play situations were effective in eliciting particular types of topics, having implications for language assessment and intervention.

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