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Improving outcomes of preschool language delay in the community: protocol for the Language for Learning randomised controlled trial

Wake, M., Levickis, P., Tobin, S., Zens, N., Law, J., Gold, L.

Academic Literature

2012

Early language delay is a high-prevalence condition of concern to parents and professionals. A population-based study was conducted in Melbourne involving 1464 preschool children. Vocabulary and grammar; narrative skills; comprehension monitoring; and phonological awareness/pre-literacy skills were assessed. A key strength of this robust study is the implementation of a therapeutic framework that provides a standardised yet tailored approach for each child, with a focus on specific language domains known to be associated with later language and literacy. The study responds to identified evidence gaps, has outcomes of direct relevance to families and the community, includes a well-developed economic analysis. It has the potential to improve long-term consequences of early language delay within a public health framework.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : BMC Pediatrics

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education

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