ERIC Number: EJ1104809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Promoting Social Communication in a Child with Specific Language Impairment
O'Handley, Roderick D.; Radley, Keith C.; Lum, John D. K.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v37 n4 p199-210 Aug 2016
Social difficulties represent a major area of concern in children with specific language impairment (SLI). Social skills interventions targeting communication or language skills of children with SLI have been generally ineffective. The current study tested the efficacy of a social skills intervention consisting of multiple behavioral interventions to increase nonverbal, verbal, and turn-taking conversation skills of an 8-year-old male with SLI. Using a multiple baseline across skills design, data were collected in a university clinic setting. Visual analysis indicated that when training for a target skill was introduced, percentage of skill steps successfully demonstrated increased. In addition, pre- and postintervention standardized rating scales completed by parents and teachers indicated improvements in pragmatic skill use in nontraining environments. Results and implications are described in terms of utilization of interventions for pragmatic skills of children with SLI.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Language Impairments, Language Skills, Communication Skills, Intervention, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Child Development, Elementary School Students, Child Behavior, Speech Language Pathology, Rating Scales, Pretests Posttests, Skill Development, Program Effectiveness, Language Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children; Oral and Written Language Scales