Minimizing Miscommunication in Child Forensic Interviews

A session at When Words Matter

  • Julie Kenniston

Tuesday 30th July, 2013

8:00am to 10:00am (EST)

Children acquire language in a cultural context. The meaning of words does not come as quickly as the use of those words when communicating. Some words are less reliable, such as pronouns and prepositions. Other words are not reliable because the cognitive processes needed to understand the use of these words have not been mastered by the child. This presentation will provide information on children’s use of language as
preschoolers and as school-aged children. These concepts will be applied to the process of gathering information from children in forensic interviews. By understanding children’s abilities to communicate, a forensic interview can be linguistically sensitive to the child’s needs and be conducted in a legally sound manner.

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Julie Kenniston

Butler County Children Services

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Time 8:00am10:00am EST

Date Tue 30th July 2013

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