Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 231–248 | Cite as

Event and story structure recall by children with specific learning disabilities, language impairments, and normally achieving children

  • Kathryn S. P. Copmann
  • Penny L. Griffith


This study investigated the ability of children with specific learning disabilities (SLD), children with language impairments (LI), and children who are normally achieving (NA) to recall the events and story structures of a narrative and an expository text. Effects of group, verbal age, text structure, and order of presentation on recall as measured through listening comprehension were studied. Sixty students who were matched on verbal age served as subjects. Results suggested differences between the LI and SLD groups on text recall. Differences were also evident for text type, with recall of narrative text typically being superior to recall of expository text. In general, the performance of the group with SLD was similar to that of the NA group.


Cognitive Psychology Listening Comprehension Learning Disability Language Impairment Specific Learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn S. P. Copmann
    • 1
  • Penny L. Griffith
    • 2
  1. 1.Audiology ClinicLoyola CollegeBaltimore
  2. 2.Kent State UniversityKent

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