Language Acquisition Challenges for Preschoolers Residing in Low-SES Households: Implications for Speech-language Pathologists and Developmental Researchers Young children who reside in low-socioeconomic households are at considerable risk for delays in their rate of language acquisition. Large numbers of these children, whose cultural and linguistic systems differ from mainstream culture and the versions of American English associated with prestige, evidence not just language variations when contrasted with ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2010
Language Acquisition Challenges for Preschoolers Residing in Low-SES Households: Implications for Speech-language Pathologists and Developmental Researchers
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  • Donna J. Kelly
    Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
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Article   |   July 01, 2010
Language Acquisition Challenges for Preschoolers Residing in Low-SES Households: Implications for Speech-language Pathologists and Developmental Researchers
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2010, Vol. 17, 41-48. doi:10.1044/lle17.2.41
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2010, Vol. 17, 41-48. doi:10.1044/lle17.2.41

Young children who reside in low-socioeconomic households are at considerable risk for delays in their rate of language acquisition. Large numbers of these children, whose cultural and linguistic systems differ from mainstream culture and the versions of American English associated with prestige, evidence not just language variations when contrasted with their middle-SES peers, but lifelong disparities in their neurocognitive and language outcomes. Identification and assessment issues with this unique, underserved, population may be especially challenging for speech-language pathologists.

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