Peer acceptance of children with language and communication impairments in a mainstream primary school

Laws, Bates, Feuerstein, Mason-Apps, and White reported peer rejection more common for children with profiles consistent with autistic spectrum disorder than for children with specific language impairment, and peer acceptance was significantly associated with social communication abilities. Children with clearer speech and more mature syntax also had more positive peer relationships. Language and communication appeared to be more important for peer acceptance than classroom behavior. Changing children’s principal placements from the language resource to the mainstream classes had some beneficial effect; peer rejection was reduced and most children were more tolerated.

Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2012, 28, 73-86

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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