Intervention for children with word-finding difficulties: a parallel group randomised control trial

Best, Wendy, Hughes, Lucy Mari, Masterson, Jackie, Thomas, Michael, Fedor, Anna, Roncoli, Silvia, Fern Pollak, Liory, Shepherd, Donna-Lynn, Howard, David, Shobbrook, Kate and Kapikian, Anna (2017) Intervention for children with word-finding difficulties: a parallel group randomised control trial. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. ISSN 1754-9507

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Abstract

Purpose: The study investigated the outcome of a word-web intervention for children diagnosed with word-finding difficulties (WFDs).
Method: Twenty children age 6–8 years with WFDs confirmed by a discrepancy between comprehension and production on the Test of Word Finding-2, were randomly assigned to intervention (n ¼ 11) and waiting control (n ¼ 9) groups. The intervention group had six sessions of intervention which used word-webs and targeted children’s meta-cognitive awareness and word-retrieval.
Result: On the treated experimental set (n ¼ 25 items) the intervention group gained on average four times as many items as the waiting control group (d ¼ 2.30). There were also gains on personally chosen items for the intervention group. There was little change on untreated items for either group.
Conclusion: The study is the first randomised control trial to demonstrate an effect of word-finding therapy with children with language difficulties in mainstream school. The improvement in word-finding for treated items was obtained following a clinically realistic intervention in terms of approach, intensity and duration.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: intervention; word-finding difficulties; phonology; semantics; naming
Subjects: Education
Psychology
Depositing User: David Phillips
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 11:44
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3664

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