Journal article

Two-Year Outcomes of a Population-Based Intervention for Preschool Language Delay: An RCT

Melissa Wake, Penny Levickis, Sherryn Tobin, Lisa Gold, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Sharon Goldfeld, Naomi Zens, Ha ND Le, James Law, Sheena Reilly

Pediatrics | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2015


OBJECTIVE: We have previously shown short-term benefits to phonology, letter knowledge, and possibly expressive language from systematically ascertaining language delay at age 4 years followed by the Language for Learning intervention. Here, we report the trial's definitive 6-year outcomes. METHODS: Randomized trial nested in a population-based ascertainment. Children with language scores >1.25 SD below the mean at age 4 were randomized, with intervention children receiving 18 1-hour home-based therapy sessions. Primary outcome was receptive/expressive language. Secondary outcomes were phonological, receptive vocabulary, literacy, and narrative skills; parent-reported pragmatic language, beh..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Project Grant 607407). The NHMRC played no role in the trial's design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Over the course of the trial, Dr Wake has been supported by NHMRC Population Health Career Development Grant 546405 and Senior Research Fellowship 1046518; Drs Goldfeld and Ukoumunne by NHMRC Capacity Building Grant 436914; Dr Reilly by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships 1041892 and 491210; Dr Gold by NHMRC Capacity Building Grant 425855 and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship 1035100; and Dr Levickis and Ms Le by NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language 1023493. Dr Ukoumunne is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHMRC, NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health in England.