Is a semantic cueing technique effective in the retrieval of objects and actions for children with Word-Finding Difficulties and Specific Language Impairment?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: This study reports the effectiveness of semantic cueing technique in retrieving objects (nouns) and actions (verbs) in a single-word context, for three children with word-finding difficulties (WFDs) and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Additionally, the study profiles their word-finding behaviour in an active discourse context. Aims: The main aim was to find out whether semantic cueing is consistently effective in retrieving nouns and verbs for three children, within a single-word context. Additional aims were 1) to find out whether there is a difference in their ability to name nouns or verbs; 2) to find out whether semantic cueing produces more change in either word class, and 3) to profile word-finding behaviour in a discourse context. Methods & Procedures: A case study design was employed. An initial "pre-assessment session" elicited word-finding behaviour within discourse, and an "assessment session" used picture naming to test the effectiveness of semantic cueing upon nouns and verbs. Outcomes & Results: The effect of semantic cueing differed between the children. All children made more verb than noun errors, and semantic cueing was more effective in retrieving verbs. Additional word-finding behaviour was observed in a discourse context. Conclusions & Implications: This study contributes much needed individual data that has not succumbed to averages.
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