Document Type



Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSSLP)


Speech-Language Pathology

First Advisor's Name

Eliane Ramos

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Monica S. Hough

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Jean Mead

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Arts and Humanities, Education, Medicine and Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Date of Defense



The purpose of this research was to analyze how parent-child interactions differ in discourse structure, communicative function and linguistic behaviors between children who are at high-risk for developing a behavioral disorder such as ADHD, and those who are at high-risk for developing a behavioral disorder with a co-occurring language impairment. Participants consisted of 20 children ages three to five years old and their parents. A five-minute parent-child interaction was video recorded and analyzed using an adapted version of the “Coding parent/child interaction as a clinical outcome: a research note” designed by Law, Barnett, and Kot (1999).

Results revealed slight differences in each communication parameter amongst the two groups, however, statistical results of parametric and non-parametric tests determined that there were no statistically significant differences between the two groups, with the exception of increased verbal initiations (p=.040) in children with no language impairment when compared to those with a language impairment as was expected.





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