Communicative abilities in young children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay

Ann Dhondt*, Ines Van keer, Annette van der Putten, Bea Maes

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Abstract

Background Children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay are pre-symbolic communicators. The primary aim of this study was to reveal the variability within the communicative functioning of this group of children in terms of communication level, the reasons to communicate and behavioural expressions. Methods Twenty-six children between 14 and 58 months with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay were recruited. The Communication Matrix of Rowland (2011, Communication Disorders Quarterly, 32, 190) was used to integrate different sources of information on the children's communicative functioning. Results These children primarily communicated at the level of pre-intentional and intentional behaviour, aimed at refusing, obtaining and, to a lesser extent, social purposes. Conclusions To develop or adapt early intervention strategies, and to monitor progress in communicative development, an even more nuanced view on these children's communicative utterances in terms of frequency, duration, idiosyncrasy and context relatedness is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-541
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date18-Dec-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May-2020

Keywords

  • communication
  • communicative behaviours
  • communicative functions
  • developmental delay
  • intellectual disability
  • motor disability
  • profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
  • MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
  • LANGUAGE-DEVELOPMENT
  • JOINT ATTENTION
  • SKILLS
  • INFANTS
  • ACQUISITION
  • POPULATION
  • BEHAVIORS
  • SPEECH
  • PEOPLE

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