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ERIC Number: EJ916772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Twenty Years of Communication Intervention Research with Individuals Who Have Severe Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Snell, Martha E.; Brady, Nancy; McLean, Lee; Ogletree, Billy T.; Siegel, Ellin; Sylvester, Lorraine; Mineo, Beth; Paul, Diane; Romski, Mary Ann; Sevcik, Rose
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v115 n5 p364-380 Sep 2010
This literature review was conducted to evaluate the current state of evidence supporting communication interventions for individuals with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. We reviewed 116 articles published between 1987 and 2007 in refereed journals meeting three criteria: (a) described a communication intervention, (b) involved one or more participants with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, and (c) addressed one or more areas of communication performance. Many researchers failed to report treatment fidelity or to assess basic aspects of intervention effects, including generalization, maintenance, and social validity. The evidence reviewed indicates that 96% of the studies reported positive changes in some aspects of communication. These findings support the provision of communication intervention to persons with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gaps in the research were reported as were recommendations for future research.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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