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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

BT Bursary; Health Foundation and Department of Health NHS R&D Programme (UK)
Interaction Training for Conversational Partners of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review

Pennington, L., Goldbart, J., et al. (2004).
International Journal of Language &Communication Disorders, 39(2), 151-170.

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 review of experimental studies regarding the effects of communication training for conversational partners of children with cerebral palsy.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Conversational partners of children ages 0 – 19 years who had a communication disorder associated with a medical diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

Intervention/Assessment: Training that aimed to change conversational partners’ interaction style and to help them facilitate children’s communication development.

Number of Studies Included: 4

Years Included: 1966 – December 2002



  • Treatment
    • Speech and Language
      • Conversational Partner Training
        • Positive changes in the interaction strategies of trained conversation partners were found. No changes were reported in untrained partners.
        • Positive changes in secondary outcomes were found in children with cerebral palsy, such as increased voluntary responsiveness and vocalization.
        • Further research is warranted.

Keywords: Cerebral Palsy

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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