Symbolic play and early language development in normal and mentally retarded children.

@article{Casby1983SymbolicPA,
  title={Symbolic play and early language development in normal and mentally retarded children.},
  author={M W Casby and K F Ruder},
  journal={Journal of speech and hearing research},
  year={1983},
  volume={26 3},
  pages={404-11}
}
This study investigated the relationship of early language development and symbolic play behaviors in normal and mentally retarded children. Piaget's type IIA symbolic play, the ability to represent one object with another, was assessed by employing an object stimulus gradient. Forty children served as subjects: 20 normal and 20 trainable mentally retarded youngsters, 10 each at MLU Stage Pre-I and MLU Stage I. The results of a three-way ANOVA revealed significant main effects of MLU Stage and… CONTINUE READING