Communication of adults with learning disabilities: Self and others' perceptions

Harriet B. Klein, Nelson Moses, Elaine Altman

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This study investigated perceptions of the communication performance of 31 young adults with severe learning disabilities enrolled in a vacational-education program. Communication assessment questionnaires, designed to rate communication skills of these students, were completed by the students themselves and vocational educators. These questionnaires included items in the areas of comprehension, verbal expression, social communication, and problem solving. Overall, the student's perceptions of their own communication performance were remarkably similar to those of the vocational educators. However, students perceived their communicative performance as less problematic than did others. Of the four areas pertinent to communication, students and vocational educators perceived problem solving as most difficult. Implications of these findings are discussed with reference to the development of assessment procedures for adults with learning disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-436
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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