Each month, we hand-search 87 top journals in pediatric speech–language pathology for the newest articles relevant to Early Intervention SLPs. From a stack of well over a hundred new articles per month, we narrow it down to those immediately applicable to clinical practice, and review them here! Read more about our process here.

 

 

Profile of preterm infants' language development

SLPs know that prematurity affects brain development, and is a risk factor for speech–language delay. But how great of a risk factor, exactly? There are many studies of the cognitive and linguistic outcomes associated with prematurity...

 

Toddlers’ revisions signal normal development, not stuttering

Working with toddlers who stutter can be a major gray area for early intervention SLPs. Is the child going through a typical phase of language development, or is she truly showing disfluent behaviors? Do we intervene, or do we wait and see if she grows out of it? Parents often want concrete answers...

 

Throwback Pub (2017): Treating CAS in the under-three crowd

Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Where to begin? If you’ve tried searching for treatment strategies in very young children, you know it’s slim pickings. There are good treatment strategies for older childrenBut what do we do before age four?

 

Throwback Pub (2012): Training parents to support children with developmental language disorder

As SLPs working in EI, we know that developmental language disorder presents risk for later academic skills. We also know that parent-implemented language interventions can be effective. This study examined whether parent-implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT) would impact receptive and expressive language growth...

 

Throwback Pub (2014): Telegraphic or grammatically complete prompts—which is best?

The common assumption among many pediatric SLPs and parents of young children is that short phrases with the grammar removed—aka: “telegraphic utterances”—are a better choice for young kids because they make it easier for them to understand and imitate. But, here’s the problem: previous research has actually shown just the opposite...

 

Throwback Pub (2008): Early gestures to predict vocabulary

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could screen infants at 8 months and predict later development? This study looked at gesture and object use at 8 months, then followed up at ages 1;0 and 2;0 to determine whether later vocabulary can be predicted by early gesture and object use... 

 

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