Approaching early grammatical intervention from a sentence-focused framework

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Purpose: In this response to Kamhi (2014), a sentencefocused framework is presented to help clinicians select treatment targets as part of a comprehensive approach to early grammatical intervention. Method: The literature on the relationship between lexical verbs, sentence structure, and tense/agreement morphemes is reviewed, and developmental expectations are summarized for each. Conclusion: Given that the sentence is the basic unit of grammar, the author concludes that early grammatical intervention should promote sentence development for young children at risk for language disorders. Recommendations for selecting and facilitating grammatical objectives in early childhood are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Assessment
  • Development
  • Grammar
  • Language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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