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The clinical application of SALT to evaluate intervention program effectiveness in a school context


Calder, S and Wells, R and Glisson, L and Stirling, C and Claessen, M, The clinical application of SALT to evaluate intervention program effectiveness in a school context, Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 20, (1) pp. 8-13. ISSN 2200-0259 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 Speech Pathology Association of Australia. First published in JCPSLP.


Language sample analysis (LSA) is highly recommended in the literature as a clinical tool for diagnosis, goal-setting and measuring effectiveness. This paper describes a project undertaken by a team of speech-language pathologists in a school context, whereby language samples of a narrative retell task from 91 children with developmental language disorder (DLD) were analysed using systematic analysis of language transcription (SALT) at two testing points. This was done in an effort to streamline usual narrative analysis processes and to evaluate the effectiveness of whole school narrative programming. Children’s linguistic performance on narrative macrostructure and microstructure measures, and suggestions for future directions are discussed. Conclusions from the project suggest SALT is a valuable clinical tool for evaluating intervention program effectiveness that is transferable to the school context.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:developmental language disorder, language sample analysis, narrative, SALT, school
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Speech pathology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Calder, S (Dr Samuel Calder)
ID Code:149415
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-03-29
Last Modified:2022-04-22
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