Communication of adults with learning disabilities

Self and others' perceptions

Harriet Klein, Nelson Moses, Elaine Altman

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Abstract

This study investigated perceptions of the communication performance of 31 young adults with severe learning disabilities enrolled in a vacational-education program. Communication assessment questionnaires, designed to rate communication skills of these students, were completed by the students themselves and vocational educators. These questionnaires included items in the areas of comprehension, verbal expression, social communication, and problem solving. Overall, the student's perceptions of their own communication performance were remarkably similar to those of the vocational educators. However, students perceived their communicative performance as less problematic than did others. Of the four areas pertinent to communication, students and vocational educators perceived problem solving as most difficult. Implications of these findings are discussed with reference to the development of assessment procedures for adults with learning disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-436
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

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Learning Disorders
learning disability
Communication
Students
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student
performance
severe disability
questionnaire
communication skills
Social Problems
young adult
comprehension
Learning Disability
Educators
Young Adult
Education
Questionnaire
Problem Solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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Communication of adults with learning disabilities : Self and others' perceptions. / Klein, Harriet; Moses, Nelson; Altman, Elaine.

In: Journal of Communication Disorders, Vol. 21, No. 5, 1988, p. 423-436.

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