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ERIC Number: EJ964268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Dose Frequency: Comparison of Language Outcomes in Preschool Children with Language Impairment
Bellon-Harn, Monica L.
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v28 n2 p225-240 Jun 2012
Data regarding treatment intensity provide evidence for service delivery decision-making in schools. In this pilot study, dose frequency effects (i.e. number of therapy sessions per week) on semantic and morphologic abilities in preschool children, ages 4;0 to 5;3 years of age, with language impairment were examined. Children enrolled in a concentrated treatment schedule (4 times per week for 6 weeks) were compared to children enrolled in a distributed treatment schedule (2 times per week for 12 weeks) using a pretest/posttest design. A concentrated schedule provides more therapy per week for fewer weeks than a distributed schedule. Therapy following a scaffolded-language structure with implicit strategies was used. Results indicate positive outcomes following both a concentrated and distributed schedules. No differences between groups were noted. Results suggest goal attainment of semantic and morphologic aspects of language within a school setting could occur in a variety of scheduling frameworks. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Columbia Mental Maturity Scale; Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation