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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

BT Bursary Award; The Health Foundation; Department of Health NHS R&D Programme (UK)
Direct Speech and Language Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Findings from a Systematic Review

Pennington, L., Goldbart, J., et al. (2005).
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 47(1), 57-63.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of controlled studies investigating the effects of speech and language therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Patients up to the age of 19 with CP of any type or severity.

Intervention/Assessment: Various SLTs "aimed to facilitate the development of pre-intentional communication skills, functions of conversation, and syntactic structure in expressive language." (p. 60)

Number of Studies Included: 7

Years Included: Through December 2002



  • Treatment
    • Speech and Language
      • Direct speech and language therapy, "which focuses on communication and expressive language and uses operant and micro-teaching techniques, has been effective for children with CP" (p. 62).
      • Further research is warranted to replicate these findings and examine other areas of treatment such as augmentative and alternative communication.

Keywords: Cerebral Palsy

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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