Course Introduction

Narratives are everywhere. Aside from stories in books (and in movies, shows, the news, and history), narrative language is a big part of how we connect socially with others and convey information. Understanding and being able to use narratives is important for school success, and those skills are embedded in state and local standards as well. And as you’ll read, there are serious advantages to including narrative skills in your assessments, and to targeting them in your language therapy sessions. On top of that, focusing on narratives can make your therapy really fun AND easy to plan. Convinced you yet?

Wherever you are on the narrative bandwagon—in the driver’s seat or looking on from the sidelines—this collection of research reviews will give you information, ideas, tools, and enthusiasm to enhance your practice. We’ve included both newly-published research and some select articles from the past decade that we thought were worth featuring as “throwback” reviews.

We lead off with two reviews that studied the effects of narrative interventions on other skills, like general language abilities and writing. From there, we’ll take you through two reviews of research relating to a specific progress monitoring tool (the MISL) and curriculum (SKILL; both from the same research group) that target narrative skills. Then, you’ll read about research on specific populations: children with ASD, dual-language learners, children who use AAC, and young people with Down Syndrome. These reviews discuss differences in narrative skills you might find in these groups, as well as assessment and intervention ideas.

Several reviews discuss evidence behind off-the-shelf curriculum packages that you can purchase, but for the budget-conscious, these articles are also a goldmine of free resources. Narrative assessments and progress monitoring rubrics that are free to download? Check. Step-by-step treatment plans? Yep. A shoulder massage and a latte? If only…  

Learning Outcomes & Details

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what narrative intervention is, and provide examples of what it can look like in language therapy.

  2. Explain how narrative intervention can support language and writing skills.

  3. Explain why narrative assessment and interventions can be ideal of multilingual students.

Course Type: Text; Web or downloadable PDF

Time: This is an hour course.

ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Completion Requirements: Read the full course, then take a quiz at the end. Must pass with a score of 80% or better (two attempts allowed).

Questions? See our frequently asked questions.


Course edited and compiled by:

Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is owner of The Informed SLP and faculty at Rockhurst University. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from The Informed SLP and Rockhurst University. Nonfinancial Disclosure— Vice President of Speech–Language Pathology for the Kansas Speech–Language–Hearing Association Board; Board member of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Karen Evans, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech–language pathologist at Intermediate District 287, and employee of The Informed SLP. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from Intermediate District 287 and The Informed SLP. Nonfinancial Disclosure— None.

Full research and writing team bios can be found here. The Informed SLP’s researchers and writers are prohibited from having any financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content they research and report on.

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This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).