Acceptability of language interventions: A comparison of preschool and elementary teachers' responses

Yasemin Turan, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, James W. Halle, Lizanne Destefano

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This study used structured analogue situations to examine factors that might influence teachers' preferences and opinions about language interventions. These factors included respondent groups (preschool vs. elementary school teachers), type of treatment approach (naturalistic vs. therapeutic), person delivering the intervention (classroom teacher vs. speech and language pathologist [SLP]), and severity of language delay (mild vs. severe). Sixty-six teachers (28 elementary and 38 preschool teachers) participated in this survey study. Results showed that preschool teachers found naturalistic approaches slightly more acceptable than the therapeutic approach, whereas elementary school teachers viewed the therapeutic approach as somewhat more acceptable than naturalistic approaches. Teachers rated three intervention approaches differently when they were applied to children with mild versus severe language delays. Implications for research and practice of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-233
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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