Happy Talk: A pilot effectiveness study of a targeted-selective speech-language and communication intervention for children from areas of social disadvantage.
Pauline Frizelle, Elaine Mullane, Aoife O'Shea, Anna Ceroni, Darren Dahly, Anne Horgan, Penny Levickis, Cristina Mckean
Int J Lang Commun Disord | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Despite the public health implications of language difficulties associated with social disadvantage, there is a dearth of effectiveness studies investigating the effects of targeted speech and language programmes in this area. AIMS: To determine the effects of a targeted selective community-based child language intervention programme (Happy Talk), which simultaneously engaged with parents and early childhood educators, in the Republic of Ireland. METHODS & PROCEDURES: A mixed methods methodology was applied with quantitative outcome and qualitative process data collected. Effectiveness was examined using a quasi-experimental single blind study design comparing Happy Talk with 'us..View full abstract