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Stephens, M. Irene (Mary Irene)

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Communicative Disorders


Preschool children; Storytelling


In an attempt to construct an efficient languagescreening device for preschoolers, a story-retelling task was administered to 12 language-impaired and 12 non-language-impaired 4- and 5-year-olds. The subjects were presented with a nine-sentence story accompanied by three pictures. Each subject was asked to first repeat each sentence as given and then handed the pictures and directed to retell the story by himself/herself. Their imitation and retelling responses were audiotaped, scored, and analyzed. Results indicated that the language-impaired group scored significantly lower than the non-language-impaired group on both sentence imitation and story retelling. A moderate correlation was found for the total set of subjects between their sentence imitation scores and their story-retelling scores. There were high correlations for both test-retest and interjudge reliability. Some interesting individual differences were observed. It is suggested that both modes of response be included in the future use of this story and that a larger number of preschoolers' performances be investigated.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 18-19)


iv, 33 pages




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