A Comparison of Naturalistic and Analog Treatment Effects in Children with Expressive Language Disorder and Poor Preintervention Imitation Skills

Heather Gillum, Stephen Camarata, Keith E. Nelson, Mary N. Camarata

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Abstract

The participants in this study were 4 children diagnosed with Expressive Language Disorder who displayed poor imitation skills, with scores significantly below typical levels on the Sentence Imitation subtest of the Test of Language Development-2: Primary (Newcomer & Hammill, 1988). The purpose of this study was to compare the treatment effects of both naturalistic (conversational recast) treatment and analog treatment in these participants. The results indicate that children with poor preintervention imitation skills required higher numbers of analog presentations to establish production of the language structures than was observed under the naturalistic treatment. Clinical implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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