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Nancie Im-Bolter

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My research interests focus on language and its relationship with other domains of functioning in both normal and atypical development.

This is a broad research area that includes different types of language (e.g., structural, pragmatic), cognitive (e.g., working memory, inhibition), and social cognitive (e.g., social problem solving, theory of mind) functions. My research involves a diverse population of children, including those with normal development as well as children with a range of disorders or exceptionalities, including psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, and language impairments. I am currently investigating the academic, cognitive, social cognitive, and social emotional characteristics of children with language impairment in an attempt to determine the underlying mechanisms of this disorder. A second line of inquiry involves understanding how language is used as a tool for the representation/internalization of life experiences and for affect regulation and adaptive functioning. Although most of my research involves children my interest in the relationship between language and cognition is across the life span of development.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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