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Seminar Abstract

Therapy with children with word-finding difficulties: Use of a cueing aid and a comparison between interventions.

Speaker : Professor Wendy Best, Communication Science and Language Therapy, University College London, UK.
Date : 28th of February 2014, 2:00PM until 3:00PM
Location : AHH, Level 3, Room 3.610, Macquarie University.

    Many children with Specific Language Impairment experience word-finding problems - difficulty retrieving words that are in their receptive vocabulary. The evidence base for intervention is expanding but there are conflicting findings on the optimum approach. This is perhaps not surprising given the variety of methods used in therapy and different designs employed to evaluate outcome. This talk will start with a brief foray into the design of intervention studies and practitioners' views on what influences their work. An intervention using 'Key-phone', a freely available aid that turns letters to sounds (initially developed for therapy with adults with aphasia) will be described. Finally, data from a new case series study, comparing 2 approaches to intervention will be presented.

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