Approaching Early Grammatical Intervention From a Sentence-Focused Framework Purpose In this response to Kamhi (2014), a sentence-focused framework is presented to help clinicians select treatment targets as part of a comprehensive approach to early grammatical intervention. Method The literature on the relationship between lexical verbs, sentence structure, and tense/agreement morphemes is reviewed, and developmental expectations are ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   April 01, 2014
Approaching Early Grammatical Intervention From a Sentence-Focused Framework
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Pamela A. Hadley
    University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Pamela A. Hadley: phadley@illinois.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: LaVae Hoffman
    Associate Editor: LaVae Hoffman×
Article Information
Development / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders
Clinical Forum   |   April 01, 2014
Approaching Early Grammatical Intervention From a Sentence-Focused Framework
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2014, Vol. 45, 110-116. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-14-0017
History: Received February 2, 2014 , Revised March 11, 2014 , Accepted March 17, 2014
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2014, Vol. 45, 110-116. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-14-0017
History: Received February 2, 2014; Revised March 11, 2014; Accepted March 17, 2014
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Purpose In this response to Kamhi (2014), a sentence-focused framework is presented to help clinicians select treatment targets as part of a comprehensive approach to early grammatical intervention.

Method The literature on the relationship between lexical verbs, sentence structure, and tense/agreement morphemes is reviewed, and developmental expectations are summarized for each.

Conclusion Given that the sentence is the basic unit of grammar, the author concludes that early grammatical intervention should promote sentence development for young children at risk for language disorders. Recommendations for selecting and facilitating grammatical objectives in early childhood are provided.

Acknowledgments
Portions of this article have been presented in several clinical workshops and at the Annual Conventions of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2010 and the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2013. I extend my thanks to Matthew Rispoli and members of the Applied Psycholinguistics Lab, past and present, for their contributions to the data analysis and ideas expressed in this response.
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