Treating the actions of children as sensible: Investigating structures in interactions between children with disabilities and their parents

Rineke Brouwer, Dennis Day, Ulrika Ferm, Anders Hougaard, Gitte Rasmussen, Gunilla Thunberg

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In this study, we investigate patterns in interactions between children with communicative disabilities and their parents. The purpose is to demonstrate how, in play activities at home, parents with varying degrees of success make their children’s contributions sensible. A Conversation Analytic approach to interaction underlies our demonstration. We show that parents’ actions may be finely tuned and fine-grained, as well as locally situated with regard to treating their children’s actions as sensible contributions to an ongoing activity. Finally, we discuss the implications of our findings in relation to early communication intervention.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)153-182
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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