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McDonald, David; Proctor, Penny; Gill, Wendy; Heaven, Sue; Marr, Jane; Young, Jane – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Intensive Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) training courses for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) can have a positive effect on their use of interaction strategies that support children's communication skills. The impact of brief SLT training courses is not yet clearly understood. The aims of these two studies were to assess the impact of a brief…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Communication Skills, Speech Therapy, Training
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Glover, Anna; McCormack, Jane; Smith-Tamaray, Michelle – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are prevalent among primary school-aged children. Collaboration between speech and language therapists (SLTs) and teachers is beneficial for supporting children's communication skills. The aim of this study was to investigate the needs of both professional groups and their preferences for service…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Allied Health Personnel, Speech Language Pathology, Elementary School Teachers
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Gràcia, Marta; Vega, Fàtima; Galván-Bovaira, Maria José – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Broadly speaking, the teaching of spoken language in Spanish schools has not been approached in a systematic way. Changes in school practices are needed in order to allow all children to become competent speakers and to understand and construct oral texts that are appropriate in different contexts and for different audiences both inside and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Observation, Measures (Individuals)
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Ijalba, Elizabeth – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Few studies explore parent-implemented literacy interventions in the home language for young children with problems in language acquisition. A shift in children's use of the home language to English has been documented when English is the only language of instruction. When parents are not proficient in English, such language shift can limit…
Descriptors: Parents as Teachers, Literacy Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Usage
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Motsch, Hans-Joachim; Marks, Dana-Kristin – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Lexicon Pirate was originally developed as a strategy intervention programme to treat lexical disorders of pre-school children. To evaluate the therapy's effectiveness for school-age students, a randomized controlled trial (RCT, N = 157) was conducted. Based on a pre--post-test design, the programme's impacts were compared with a control group…
Descriptors: Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Experimental Groups
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Herman, Rosalind; Ford, Katie; Thomas, Jane; Oyebade, Natalie; Bennett, Danita; Dodd, Barbara – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
This study evaluated whether core vocabulary intervention (CVT) improved single word speech accuracy, consistency and intelligibility in four 9-11-year-old children with profound sensori-neural deafness fitted with cochlear implants and/or digital hearing aids. Their speech was characterized by inconsistent production of different error forms for…
Descriptors: Deafness, Vocabulary, Case Studies, Intervention
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Oliveira, Carla; Lousada, Marisa; Jesus, Luis M. T. – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Children with speech sound disorders (SSD) represent a large number of speech and language therapists' caseloads. The intervention with children who have SSD can involve different therapy approaches, and these may be articulatory or phonologically based. Some international studies reveal a widespread application of articulatory based approaches in…
Descriptors: Speech Language Pathology, Therapy, Speech Impairments, Children
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Pesco, Diane; Devlin, Christine – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
The study examines the effects of a short period of explicit instruction on the narrative comprehension of French-speaking kindergarteners, as measured by story retell and comprehension questions. A group of kindergarteners that received explicit instruction (n = 15) was compared to a control group that was exposed to the same storybooks and…
Descriptors: French, Teaching Methods, Story Grammar, Identification
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Washington, Karla N.; Thomas-Stonell, Nancy; McLeod, Sharynne; Warr-Leeper, Genese – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
The purpose of this article is to describe communicative-participation outcomes measured by the Focus on the Outcomes of Communication Under Six (FOCUS©; Thomas-Stonell et al., 2013) for interventions provided by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in different community settings for preschoolers with speech-language impairments (Sp/LI) with and…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Preschool Children, Speech Impairments, Language Impairments
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Tattersall, Patricia J.; Nelson, Nickola Wolf; Tyler, Ann A. – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2015
Prior research has shown possible relations among nonword repetition (NWR), vocabulary, and phonological processing skills in children with and without language impairment. This study was designed to investigate whether relationships would differ for students with primary language impairment (PLI) and typical language (TL) and whether they would…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Phonemes, Phonology, Language Processing
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Durkin, Kevin; Conti-Ramsden, Gina – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
New media are commonplace in children's lives. Speech and language therapists (SLTs), educational psychologists and teachers are sometimes called upon by caregivers to provide advice on whether or how children and young people with language impairments should be encouraged to use these media. This article aims to illuminate some of the key…
Descriptors: Speech Therapy, Language Impairments, Educational Psychology, Special Needs Students
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Overton, Sarah; Wren, Yvonne – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
The ultimate aim of intervention for children with language impairment is an improvement in their functional language skills. Baseline and outcome measurement of this is often problematic however and practitioners commonly resort to using formal assessments that may not adequately reflect the child's competence. Language sampling,…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Language Skills, Computer Software, Allied Health Personnel
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Ebbels, Susan – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
This article summarizes the evidence as regards the effectiveness of therapy for grammar for school-aged children with language impairments. I first review studies focusing on specific areas of grammar (both expressive and receptive targets) and then studies aiming to improve language more generally, several of which focus more on the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Grammar, Language Impairments, Expressive Language
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Kulkarni, Amit; Pring, Tim; Ebbels, Susan – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
It has been suggested that difficulties with tense and agreement marking are a core feature of language impairment. Hence, studies are required that analyse the effectiveness of intervention in this area, including consideration of whether changes seen in therapy sessions generalize to spontaneous speech. This study assessed the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Morphemes, Intervention, Grammar
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Pinto, Maria; Gardner, Hilary – Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2014
There is a rapidly increasing range of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems available for children who cannot communicate orally. Finding the best system for any one user is a challenge for the professionals and carers involved. As yet the use of portable, tablet forms of communication aid has been little researched, despite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Handheld Devices, Mothers
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