Description of a Program for Social Language Intervention If You Can Have a Conversation, You Can Have a Relationship Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange  |   July 01, 2004
Description of a Program for Social Language Intervention
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Bonnie Brinton
    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
    Brigham Young University, B-380 ASB, Provo, UT 84602-1341
  • Lee A. Robinson
    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • Martin Fujiki
    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: Bonnie_Brinton@byu.edu
Article Information
Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange   |   July 01, 2004
Description of a Program for Social Language Intervention
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2004, Vol. 35, 283-290. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2004/026)
History: Received October 17, 2003 , Accepted January 19, 2004
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2004, Vol. 35, 283-290. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2004/026)
History: Received October 17, 2003; Accepted January 19, 2004
Web of Science® Times Cited: 23

Adolescents with impaired language comprehension and formulation skills often experience difficulty keeping up with the linguistic and social demands of peer interaction. This clinical exchange describes an individualized treatment program designed to increase the conversational skill of an adolescent male with language impairment. Treatment focused on increasing awareness of the listener’s needs and on balancing the exchange of conversational turns. Clinical performance, parent report, and client report were used to assess outcomes.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The authors wish to thank Larry and his entire family for welcoming us into their lives and trusting our guidance. We would also like to thank Larry’s mother for challenging us to help her “free up” her interactions with her son. Finally, we wish to acknowledge the work of Larry’s graduate student clinicians, Laura Campbell and Tracy Matthews.
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