Little evidence for impaired event-structure coding in language-impaired children

  • Caitríona Martyn
  • Stanislava Antonijević
  • Mark A. Elliott


Evidence from research suggests that language-impaired children, who present with readingdifficulties, have problems processing a series of multiple events presented in close temporalproximity. This study measured the simultaneity thresholds of children with SpecificLanguage Impairment (SLI), compared with a sample of children with Specific ReadingDisability (SRD) and age-matched typically-developing children. In the individualexperimental tasks, participants were asked to make judgments of simultaneity presented inboth the visual and auditory modalities. Results suggest that children with SLI and SRD havehigher visual but not auditory thresholds of simultaneity. These findings do not support thehypothesis of an auditory temporal processing deficit as a possible cause of SLI and SRD, nordo they provide evidence of a universal timing deficit.
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