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Expressive language recovery in severely brain-injured children and adolescents.

Authors
  • Campbell, T F
  • Dollaghan, C A
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of speech and hearing disorders
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1990
Volume
55
Issue
3
Pages
567–581
Identifiers
PMID: 2381198
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The spontaneous expressive language abilities of 9 severely brain-injured children and adolescents and their age-matched normal controls were examined seven times over a 12-month period following injury. Analysis of conversational language samples revealed a relatively stable pattern of language performance for the normal subjects over this time interval. The brain-injured subjects, as a group, demonstrated improvement on the majority of measures, but only a few reached the level of their control subjects and interindividual variability was considerable. Results suggest that the prognosis for clinically significant improvement in severely brain-injured subjects is good; however, deficits in expressive skills remain apparent up to at least 12 months following injury.

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