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 (2018) Intervention for children with word-finding difficulties: a parallel group randomised control trial. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20 (7). pp. 708-719. ISSN 1754-9507

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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
Identifier: 10.1080/17549507.2017.1348541
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 (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: intervention; word-finding difficulties; phonology; semantics; naming
Subjects: Education
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Depositing User: David Phillips
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:53


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