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Nonword Repetition Tests

Kerry Danahy Ebert, PhD, CCC-SLP

October 6, 2015

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What does a nonword repetition test reveal about a child's language learning?

Answer

Nonword repetition tests reveal phonological memory skills; i.e., how well a child can remember input.  If you think about how a child learns words, they need to be able to hold on to an unknown word form long enough to tie it to a meaning, and then retain it and use it later.  That is what we think nonword repetition shows us about language learning. Nonword repetition tests are strongly tied to poor language learning in that children who have language disorders score poorly on these tests. It is thought to be related to how well an individual can hold onto incoming material to learn it.  

Kerry Danahy Ebert, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University. She is currently conducting an NIH-funded study on school-age bilingual children with language impairment.


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Kerry Danahy Ebert, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Kerry Danahy Ebert, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Rush University.  She teaches graduate student coursework in children’s speech and language disorders, performs outpatient speech-language assessment and treatment services, and conducts research on language disorders and their treatment in monolingual and bilingual children.  She is currently conducting an NIH-funded study on school-age bilingual children with language impairment.


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