This month we reviewed 34 journals and identified 88 articles as potentially relevant to Pediatric and School-Based SLPs. We then narrowed it down to what's covered here. For more on how we do this, see here.

 
 

Predicting which children will make progress with language goals

This study examined 294 Kindergarten and 1st grade children, primarily identified as language-impaired, spread across 75 SLPs and multiple states, and tracked business-as-usual therapy provision. The purpose of this study wasn’t to modify the way SLPs were providing language therapy, but to simply measure what happens. The analyses of this paper focus on which child characteristics best predict who will make the most gains...

Digital vs. live book reading—does it matter for preschoolers?

Kids using storybook apps instead of having the book read live to them—what do we think about this? The impact of digital media on child learning has received quite a bit of attention of the past couple decades. This study not only reviews much of that literature, but adds some relevant data. The researchers recruited 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in a Head Start program...

Vocabulary intervention for at-risk adolescents

So much of our attention to word-learning is on young children. However, vocabulary is pivotal for adolescents, too. Across age ranges, there is “… evidence for an association between vocabulary knowledge and academic attainment…” In this treatment study...

Writing and spelling as essential components of successful language and literacy—what’s our role, here?

Some school-based SLPs, as soon as they see the words “writing” or “spelling” immediately push the topic aside. “Not my job,” they may say. However, the written modality of language matters. It’s not just about phonemic, phonological, and semantic awareness. Orthographic and morphological awareness (tied to both written and spoken language), are crucial components of good language and literacy skills as well...

Better Together: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

This month, AJSLP published six articles on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP). This is a very trending topic right now across health professions...

More Perspective Pieces & Tutorials

Topics include: speech assessment of multilingual children, crosslinguistic phonological development, and practice in South Africa.