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    Signals of CNS damage in the discourse behavior of school-aged children with prenatal alcohol exposure during a narrative generation task  
John C. Thorne - University of Washington
Truman E. Coggins - University of Washington

SRCLD Year: 2008
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
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- Assessment
- Developmental Disabilities
- Language Impairment, School Age
Narratives generated by 32 school-aged children, 16 with prenatal alcohol exposure, were analyzed to identify discourse behaviors associated with CNS damage. Children were ranked on a 4-point scale for evidence of CNS damage (unlikely, possible, probable, definite). CNS-rank was correlated (Kendall’s tau b, p< 0.05) with three productivity measures (Number of Different Words, Total Words, Total Utterances) and several measures of cohesion (number of personal pronouns/cohesive pronoun ties, number of indefinite nominal introductions-INI, rate of Nominal Reference Errors—rNRE). One-way ANOVA revealed significant effects of CNS-rank on the number of INI (F=5.996, p= 0.003), and rNRE (F= 15.834, p= 0.0001). Children having definite CNS damage produced fewer INI with higher rNRE than those for whom CNS damage was unlikely/possible. Children with probable CNS damage had higher rNRE than those unlikely to have CNS damage (all contrasts Scheffe, p<0.05). The accuracy with which rNRE identified probable/definite CNS damage (sensitivity 88%, specificity 92%) supports further development of narrative analysis tools for identify underlying CNS impairment in complex clinical populations.
Funding NIH-2T32DC000033-16
Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders