Journal article

Case Study: The Feasibility of Using Song to Cue Expressive Language in Children with Specific Language Impairment

Eugenia Yen Ping Tan, Helen Shoemark

MUSIC THERAPY PERSPECTIVES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

In this feasibility trial, song cues were compared to traditional speech cues in the acquisition of syntax and morphology for two preschool children with Specific Language Impairment. Acceptability, practicality, and intensity of treatment were considered. Fewer sessions were required in the song modality to achieve syntax goals, but neither participant achieved a morphology goal. Indications were that melodic and rhythmic features associated with song may be more efficient for syntax learning than inflectional morphology learning. Findings from the trial provide promising evidence and direction for larger trials of the intervention.