Distance delivery of a spoken language intervention for school-aged and adolescent boys with fragile X syndrome

Andrea McDuffie, Amy Banasik, Lauren Bullard, Sarah Nelson, Robyn Tempero Feigles, Randi Hagerman, Leonard Abbeduto

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A small randomized group design (N = 20) was used to examine a parent-implemented intervention designed to improve the spoken language skills of school-aged and adolescent boys with FXS, the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability. The intervention was implemented by speech-language pathologists who used distance video-teleconferencing to deliver the intervention. The intervention taught mothers to use a set of language facilitation strategies while interacting with their children in the context of shared story-telling. Treatment group mothers significantly improved their use of the targeted intervention strategies. Children in the treatment group increased the duration of engagement in the shared story-telling activity as well as use of utterances that maintained the topic of the story. Children also showed increases in lexical diversity, but not in grammatical complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 30 2017



  • Distance teleconferencing
  • expressive language sampling
  • narrative story-telling
  • parent-implemented intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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