Journal article

Conversational Language in 3-Year-Old Children Born Very Preterm and at Term

Katherine Sanchez, Alicia J Spittle, Jessica O Boyce, Linda Leembruggen, Anastasia Mantelos, Stephanie Mills, Naomi Mitchell, Emily Neil, Miya St John, Jasmin Treloar, Angela T Morgan

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research | AMER SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose Language difficulties are prevalent among children born preterm. Existing studies have largely used standardized language tests, providing limited scope for detailed descriptive examination of preterm language. This study aimed to examine differences in conversational language between children born < 30 weeks and at term as well as correlations between language sample analysis (LSA) and a standardized language tool. Method Two hundred four 3-year-olds (103 born < 30 weeks, 101 born at term) recruited at birth provided a 10-min language sample and completed the Preschool Language Scales-Fifth Edition (I. Zimmerman, Steiner, & Pond, 2011). LSA was conducted using the Systematic Analysi..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine Grant)


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was received from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Career Development Award 607315 and Practitioner Fellowship 1105008 [awarded to A. M.]; Career Development Fellowship 11098714, Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine Grant 1060733 [awarded to A. S.]; Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine Grant 1060733 [awarded to K. S.]) and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (awarded to K. S.). Murdoch Children's Research Institute research was supported by the Victorian government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.