Grammar intervention in children with specific language impairment: an integrative literature review






ABSTRACT Aim: to review the literature reporting grammar-based interventions designed to improve morphosyntactic skills among children with specific language impairment (SLI). Methods: several studies reporting grammar-based interventions were analyzed. The criteria for selecting the articles were determined as follows: a) publication date within the last ten years; b) studies that reported a grammar-based intervention; c) groups of study constituted by children with SLI, aged 3.0 to 12.0 years; d) design including Pre and Post measures; e) articles reporting quantitative/qualitative data analyses. The databases selected for this review were: Lilacs, PubMed, Embase, Scopus, ISI-Web of Science, and EBSCOhost. Results: most studies reported interventions focused on expressive grammar, providing no particular details about the specific grammar contents considered. Interventions usually consisted of implicit approaches implemented as individual therapy. Studies reported children with SLI as generally improving on intervened skills. Conclusion: all of the grammar-based intervention programs described in the selected studies, seemed to be equally adequate when working with children with SLI.

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