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ERIC Number: EJ694767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0266-7363
Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Early Years Language Intervention
Bickford-Smith, Abigail; Wijayatilake, Lilani; Woods, Glinette
Educational Psychology in Practice, v21 n3 p161-173 Sep 2005
Research into the long-term effects of language delay reflects an increasing concern that many childrens needs are not being met by current early years educational practice. This paper reports on a twopart intervention designed to improve language skills within a nursery setting. In the first part of the intervention, a directly taught small group was found to be effective in improving language skills in children with language delay. However, in the second part of the intervention, creation of a "language rich" nursery environment was not fully implemented by nursery staff. A baseline assessment of all the nursery children revealed that alongside the high incidence of language delay in the nursery population there was also a high incidence of delay in non-verbal reasoning skills as assessed by a single sub-test from the British Ability Scales II Early Years. The findings raise the question: how can educational psychologists and speech and language therapists work together with teaching staff to create a "language rich" environment in the early years that will address the needs of all children?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: British Ability Scales