Lenka Janik Blaskova
PEDAL - Play, Education, Development and Learning
My research investigates the peer relations and wellbeing of children with developmental language disorder. Children with DLD have complex psycholinguistic profile and some are able to adapt their behaviours better than others. This gets reflected in their peer acceptance and friendships.
I aim to learn what within-child characteristics are the main contributors to children's social-emotional adaptation, assessing language, psychosocial attributes and behaviours - as outlined in the existing interpretive frameworks.
My multiple case study design includes data from parent & teacher reports, classroom & playground observations, peer & friendship nominations. I conducted psycholinguistic assessment, interviews with children with DLD (n=14) & their friends (n =11), recorded a dyadic play.
My analysis looks for a potential typology of children with DLD based on their peer relations; children's understanding of friendships and how it plays out in their wellbeing experiences in school.
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