A systematic review of pragmatic language interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder

van Wouwe, Jacobus P., Parsons, Lauren, Cordier, Reinie, Munro, Natalie, Joosten, Annette and Speyer, Renée (2017) A systematic review of pragmatic language interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. PLoS ONE, 12 (4). e0172242. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

There is a need for evidence based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to limit the life-long, psychosocial impact of pragmatic language impairments. This systematic review identified 22 studies reporting on 20 pragmatic language interventions for children with ASD aged 0-18 years. The characteristics of each study, components of the interventions, and the methodological quality of each study were reviewed. Meta-analysis was conducted to assess the effectiveness of 15 interventions. Results revealed some promising approaches, indicating that active inclusion of the child and parent in the intervention was a significant mediator of intervention effect. Participant age, therapy setting or modality were not significant mediators between the interventions and measures of pragmatic language. The long-term effects of these interventions and the generalisation of learning to new contexts is largely unknown. Implications for clinical practice and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q100 Linguistics
Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 09:51
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 10:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43110

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