Speech and language therapy for adolescents in youth justice: A series of empirical single-case studies
Nathaniel R Swain, Patricia A Eadie, Pamela C Snow
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Adolescents in contact with youth justice are a vulnerable and marginalized group at high risk of developmental language disorder (DLD) and other communication difficulties. Though preliminary studies have demonstrated the benefits of speech and language therapy (SLT) services in youth justice, limited research has empirically tested the efficacy of intervention in these settings. AIMS: To evaluate the extent to which intensive, one-to-one language intervention improved the communication skills of incarcerated adolescents with below-average (> 1 SD below the mean) language and/or literacy skills. METHODS & PROCEDURES: A series of four empirical single case studies was conducted, ..View full abstract
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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council
The authors thank the VictorianGovernmentDepartment ofHealth andHuman Services for approval of this research, and well as theNational Health and Medical Research Council (Grant ID: 1074831) for funding of this study. We also greatly appreciate the time given by the participants. Declaration of interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.