Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

A Systematic Review of Narrative-Based Language Intervention with Children Who Have Language Impairment

Petersen, D. B. (2011).
Communication Disorders Quarterly, 32(4), 207-220.
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  • No The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • Yes Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of group comparison and single subject studies that investigated the impact of narrative-based language intervention on preschool and school-age children with language impairment.

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Preschool and school-age children, up to 21 years of age, with language or learning disabilities


Narrative-based language intervention

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The review of included studies that investigated narrative intervention on preschool and school-age children “revealed that narrative intervention with repeated story retellings and a focus on narrative macrostructure may be sufficient to facilitate a significant improvement in both narrative macrostructure and some aspects of narrative microstructure" (p. 219).

Keywords: Pragmatics/Discourse, Narrative Intervention, Learning Disability, Speech and Language Disorder

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