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Predictors of responsivity to language intervention : findings from a RCT

Boyle, Jim and McCartney, Elspeth and O'Hare, Anne and Forbes, John (2008) Predictors of responsivity to language intervention : findings from a RCT. In: 2008 British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, 2008-09-01 - 2008-09-03.

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    Logistic regression analyses were carried out on the pre- and blind-assessed post-intervention language outcome measures for 124 children aged 6-11 years with primary language impairment randomised to language therapy who received three 30-40 minute sessions per week in mainstream schools over fifteen weeks. Only the model for binary gains (made progress/did not make progess) for receptive language was significant, with gender and case status (specific expressive versus mixed receptive-expressive impairment) significant predictors. Non-verbal IQ score was not a significant predictor of responsivity to intervention. Implications for the relationship between non-verbal development and primary language impairment and for intervention are discussed.