Written language intervention approaches: A brief review

Edward Gillian, Lindy McAllister, Sharynne McLeod, Robert J. Parkes

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SLPs working in schools are often asked to work on oral and written language of children with communication impairments. This paper discusses evidence for three major approaches to written language intervention: traditional pen and paper intervention and two different types of computer based learning (CBL). The traditional pen and paper intervention has been found to be successful when it incorporates language-based and explicit instruction; however, difficulties with spelling and legibility can decrease its effectiveness. The word processing software approach has a small body of supporting evidence; however, it does not provide explicit scaffolding for the development of vocabulary and punctuation. Writing prompt software has a small body of evidence supporting its effectiveness. More research into the use of writing prompt software for written language intervention is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Speech Language and Hearing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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