Predictors of responsivity to language intervention: findings from a RCT

Jim Boyle, Elspeth McCartney, Anne O'Hare, John Forbes

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Logistic regression analyses were carried out on the pre- and blind-assessed post-intervention language outcome measures for 124 children aged 6-11 years with primary language impairment randomised to language therapy who received three 30-40 minute sessions per week in mainstream schools over fifteen weeks. Only the model for binary gains (made progress/did not make progess) for receptive language was significant, with gender and case status (specific expressive versus mixed receptive-expressive impairment) significant predictors. Non-verbal IQ score was not a significant predictor of responsivity to intervention. Implications for the relationship between non-verbal development and primary language impairment and for intervention are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Event2008 British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference - Oxford Brooks University
Duration: 1 Sep 20083 Sep 2008


Conference2008 British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference
CityOxford Brooks University


  • predictors of responsivity
  • language intervention
  • RCT
  • logistic regression analyses
  • children
  • primary language impairment
  • language therapy
  • mainstream schools
  • non-verbal development
  • primary education

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