Intervention for mixed receptive–expressive language impairment: a review
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2010
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Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume 52, Issue 11, pages 994–999, November 2010
How to Cite
BOYLE, J., MCCARTNEY, E., O’HARE, A. and LAW, J. (2010), Intervention for mixed receptive–expressive language impairment: a review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52: 994–999. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2010.03750.x
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2010
- PUBLICATION DATA Accepted for publication 13th June 2010. Published online 31st August 2010.
Studies indicate that language impairment that cannot be accounted for by factors such as below-average non-verbal ability, hearing impairment, behaviour or emotional problems, or neurological impairments affects some 6% of school-age children. Language impairment with a receptive language component is more resistant to intervention than specific expressive or phonological delays, and carries a greater risk of comorbid behavioural difficulties as well as adverse outcomes for language development and academic progress. This paper considers underlying explanations that may account for receptive–expressive language impairment. It also reviews evidence for the effectiveness of intervention from theory and recent systematic reviews, trials, and speech and language therapy practice.