Learning and Remembering New Words: Clinical Illustrations From Children With Specific Language Impairment The learning of a new word involves at least two processes: learning from input and memory evolution in the absence of input. The authors will review the literature and describe the relationship between these two processes and novel word learning by children with specific language impairment (SLI). Cases from an ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2015
Learning and Remembering New Words: Clinical Illustrations From Children With Specific Language Impairment
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rouzana Komesidou
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Holly L. Storkel
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Financial Disclosure: Rouzana Komesidou is a doctoral candidate in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Holly L. Storkel is professor and chair at the University of Kansas. The authors received salary support from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (DC012824) to support completion of the research reported in this article.
    Financial Disclosure: Rouzana Komesidou is a doctoral candidate in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Holly L. Storkel is professor and chair at the University of Kansas. The authors received salary support from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (DC012824) to support completion of the research reported in this article.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Rouzana Komesidou has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Holly L. Storkel has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Rouzana Komesidou has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Holly L. Storkel has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   November 01, 2015
Learning and Remembering New Words: Clinical Illustrations From Children With Specific Language Impairment
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, November 2015, Vol. 22, 138-146. doi:10.1044/lle22.4.138
History: Received May 28, 2015 , Revised July 29, 2015 , Accepted August 24, 2015
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, November 2015, Vol. 22, 138-146. doi:10.1044/lle22.4.138
History: Received May 28, 2015; Revised July 29, 2015; Accepted August 24, 2015

The learning of a new word involves at least two processes: learning from input and memory evolution in the absence of input. The authors will review the literature and describe the relationship between these two processes and novel word learning by children with specific language impairment (SLI). Cases from an ongoing preliminary clinical trial of word learning in kindergarten children with SLI will serve as clinical illustrations. In particular, one case will be used to demonstrate a pattern of good learning from input and good memory retention (i.e., desirable learning pattern during treatment). Three additional cases will be used to illustrate patterns indicative of poor learning from input and/or poor memory retention. Suggestions will be provided concerning how treatment can be altered when these patterns appear, to promote desirable learning outcomes.

Acknowledgements
The data described here are from an ongoing clinical trial supported by Grant DC 012824 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. We thank the children and their families who participated in this research. We also thank the SLPs, the school directors, and the teachers for their involvement and support. Finally, we thank the staff of the KAW Story Project for their assistance with participant recruitment, data collection, and data processing.
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