Do Adolescents With Specific Language Impairment Understand Driving Terminology? Purpose This study examined if adolescents with specific language impairment (SLI) understand driving vocabulary as well as their typically developing (TD) peers. Method A total of 16 adolescents with SLI and 16 TD comparison adolescents completed a receptive vocabulary task focused on driving terminology derived from statewide driver's ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2016
Do Adolescents With Specific Language Impairment Understand Driving Terminology?
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica M. Pandolfe
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Kacie Wittke
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Tammie J. Spaulding
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Tammie J. Spaulding: tammie.spaulding@uconn.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Victoria Joffe
    Associate Editor: Victoria Joffe×
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Language Disorders / Specific Language Impairment / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 2016
Do Adolescents With Specific Language Impairment Understand Driving Terminology?
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2016, Vol. 47, 324-333. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0065
History: Received September 8, 2015 , Revised February 19, 2016 , Accepted April 18, 2016
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2016, Vol. 47, 324-333. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0065
History: Received September 8, 2015; Revised February 19, 2016; Accepted April 18, 2016

Purpose This study examined if adolescents with specific language impairment (SLI) understand driving vocabulary as well as their typically developing (TD) peers.

Method A total of 16 adolescents with SLI and 16 TD comparison adolescents completed a receptive vocabulary task focused on driving terminology derived from statewide driver's manuals.

Results The SLI group understood fewer driving-related terms when compared with the TD comparison group. Although both groups performed comparably in understanding simple noun driving terminology, the SLI group had greater difficulty comprehending compound noun and verb driving terms.

Discussion The decreased understanding of terms found in driver's manuals for adolescents with SLI has implications for how they access necessary information for learning the driving rules, regulations, and procedures important for securing a driver's license.

Acknowledgments
Special thanks to Elizabeth Zyzo, who was integrally involved in this study's design, and to the adolescent participants who agreed to be part of this study.
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