A Relational Understanding of Language Impairment: Children’s Experiences in the Context of Their Social Worlds

  • Helen Hambly


  • Children’s experiences of language impairment (LI) were predominantly relational—they varied depending on the social situation and the attitudes and behaviours of others towards them.

  • Other people’s understandings and interpretations of children’s language behaviours varied widely.

  • Children’s experiences of agency were closely associated with emotional experience and participation in or withdrawal from situations.

  • Professional support for children with LI may be improved by targeting relationships between children and others rather than predominantly focusing on individuals’ impairments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Hambly
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  1. 1.Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU), University of Exeter Medical SchoolExeterUK

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