The effectiveness of parent-implemented language interventions: A meta-analysis

Megan Y. Roberts, Ann P. Kaiser

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this meta-analysis was to systematically evaluate the effects of parent-implemented language interventions on the language skills of children between 18 and 60 months of age with primary and secondary language impairments. Method: A systematic literature search yielded 18 studies that met the predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Effect sizes for each study were calculated for 7 language outcome variables and analyzed using a random effects model. Separate analyses were conducted for each language outcome and for each comparison group. Outcomes were compared for children with and without intellectual disabilities and for parent report and direct observational language measures. Results: The results indicate that parent-implemented language interventions have a significant, positive impact on receptive and expressive language skills of children with and without intellectual disabilities. Effect sizes (g) for child measures ranged from -0.15 to 0.82 depending on the outcome measure and comparison group. Conclusion: The results of this review indicate that parent-implemented language interventions arean effective approach to early language intervention for young children with language impairments. Critical features of parent-implemented interventions are discussed in terms of implications for practice and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-199
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Language delays
  • Language intervention
  • Parent training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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