This study examined the relationship between initial social communication status
and language development in infants and toddlers recently adopted from Eastern
European institutional care. The responding joint attention (RJA) and initiating joint
attention (IJA) skills of 61 children were measured at arrival and compared against
receptive and expressive language outcomes 6 months later. Birth weight, height at
arrival and age at arrival were also examined as risk factors for slower language
Results indicated that receptive and expressive language outcomes were
positively related to higher social communication skills. Specifically, RJA and IJA were
significant predictors of receptive language development, and RJA was a significant
predictor of overall expressive language development, above the contribution of age.
Vocabulary was predicted by age at arrival and IJA skills. Height and birth weight were
not predictive of language outcomes. Joint attention skills did not distinguish between
higher and lower language performance when children were divided based on language
cut-off scores. This study also found that adoption before an age of vocabulary
acquisition did not distinguish between children with lower and higher language acquisition in this sample.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. August 2010. Major: Speech-language Pathology. Advisors: Maria Kroupina, Ph.D. & Jennifer Windsor Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 64 pages. Appendix p. 53-64.
Glatzhofer, Sharrie Lynn.
Social communication status as a risk factor for language development in young children adopted from Eastern European institutional care..
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