A comparison of the expressive communication skills of triplet, twin and singleton children

McMahon, S and Dodd, B (1997) A comparison of the expressive communication skills of triplet, twin and singleton children. European Journal of Disorders of Communication, 32 3: 328-345.

Author McMahon, S
Dodd, B
Title A comparison of the expressive communication skills of triplet, twin and singleton children
Journal name European Journal of Disorders of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-7273
Publication date 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 328
End page 345
Total pages 18
Language eng
Abstract Few studies have focused on the language acquisition of higher multiple birth sets. In this study, the communication skills of 51 triplet children are described. The measures used were: mean length of utterance; type-token ratio; conversational nets; phoneme repertoire; and number of different types of phonological processes used. The data gained were used to compare the communication skills of triplets with those of twins, singletons and normative data available in the literature. Siblings within triplet sets were also compared using language samples obtained from adult-child interactions and when the three children were playing together. The results indicated that the triplets' early communication skills were different from those of both singletons and twins. The triplets' difficulties included delayed syntactic development, limited use of different language functions and delayed phonological development. In contrast, twins' communication profile is characterised by disordered phonological development.
Keyword Communication
Rehabilitation
Children
Comparison
Expressive Communication Skills
Invitro Fertilization
Language
2-year-old
Speech
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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