A preliminary version of a computerized naming test for preschool children with language impairment

Birgitta Sahlén, Karl Radeborg, Christina Reuterskiöld Wagner, Carolin Friberg, Lina Rydahl

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The most prevailing hypothesis regarding mechanisms behind specific language impairment today is the hypothesis of general limitations of processing capacity. Such an hypothesis can hardly be tested by available language assessment tools, especially not by instruments in use for clinical assessment of the lexical-semantic domain in children. Reduced naming speed is by some researchers considered as a core deficit in dyslexia and a better predictor of some aspects of reading proficiency than phonological processing. The overall purpose of the present study was therefore to develop a processing dependent tool, that could capture dynamic aspects of naming; response latencies, he sitation phenomena and contextual influence. We also present data from 30 children (4-6 years old) with normal language development. We believe that, with some modifications, the naming test has a potential of becoming a processing dependent measure of naming and a necessary complement to the assessment of vocabulary skills in children with language impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalLogopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


  • Hesitation phenomena
  • Language impairment
  • Linguistic context
  • Naming speed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN


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