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    Intervention for children with word-finding difficulties: a parallel group randomised control trial

    Best, W. and Hughes, L.M. and Masterson, J. and Thomas, Michael S.C. and Fedor, Anna and Roncoli, S. and Fern-Pollak, L. and Shepherd, D.-L. and Howard, D. and Shobbrook, K. and Kapikian, A. (2017) 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 = 11) and waiting control (n = 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 = 25 items) the intervention group gained on average four times as many items as the waiting control group (d = 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
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): intervention, word-finding difficulties, phonology, semantics, naming
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Michael Thomas
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 12:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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