A systematic review of environmental interventions to improve child language outcomes for children with or at risk of primary language impairment

TitleA systematic review of environmental interventions to improve child language outcomes for children with or at risk of primary language impairment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPickstone, C, Goldbart, J, Marshall, J, Rees, A, Roulstone, S
JournalJournal of research in Special Educational Needs
Volume9
Number of Volumes2
Start Page66-79
Abstract

Systematic reviews are important as a key source of information for commissioners and for developing practice in speech and language therapy (SLT) and early years. Interventions in this field are often complex and are delivered in community settings.
This paper applies a systematic review of environmental interventions in early years for children with speech, language and communication needs. Interventions for primary language impairment may be divided into those which are child-focused and those which are focused on the environment. In both cases, the aim is to effect changes in the child’s language skills.
The paper introduces the context of evidence-based practice and commissioning of such interventions and argues that systematic reviews may be combined with other evidence to provide information which is fit for purpose for commissioners and for practitioners in the field.
 

Keywordscommissioning, early years, Evidence-based practice, speech and language, systematic review
URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2009.01119.x/abstract