The Verbal Noncommunicator A Case Study Case Study
Case Study  |   January 01, 1991
The Verbal Noncommunicator
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Martin Fujiki
    Bureau of Child Research, University of Kansas, Parsons, KS
  • Bonnie Brinton
    Bureau of Child Research, University of Kansas, Parsons, KS
  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Martin Fujiki, Ph.D., TLRB 130, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.
Article Information
School-Based Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Case Study
Case Study   |   January 01, 1991
The Verbal Noncommunicator
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1991, Vol. 22, 322-333. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2201.322
History: Received July 26, 1989 , Accepted March 29, 1990
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1991, Vol. 22, 322-333. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2201.322
History: Received July 26, 1989; Accepted March 29, 1990

This report presents a case study of a child with language-impairment who demonstrated specific pragmatic disabilities. H, a 9:11-year-old male, was observed interacting with an adult, a language age-matched peer, and a chronological age-matched peer. Several analyses were performed on these interactions to examine conversational responsiveness and assertiveness (Fey, 1986), including turn initiation and exchange, production of assertions and requests, responsiveness to request forms, and topic introduction and maintenance. It was found that H demonstrated a highly assertive, moderately responsive style of conversational interaction. These results provide support for Fey’s (1986) verbal noncommunicator profile, and demonstrate the need to employ fine-grained analyses of behavior in order to capture deviant patterns of interaction.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The authors wish to thank Esther A. Sonnenberg and Sandy J. Shrigley for their assistance with this project.
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