Twenty years of communication intervention research with individuals who have severe intellectual and developmental disabilities

Martha E. Snell, Nancy Brady, Lee McLean, Billy T. Ogletree, Ellin Siegel, Lorraine Sylvester, Beth Mineo, Diane Paul, Mary Ann Romski, Rose Sevcik

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Abstract

This literature review was conducted to evaluate the current state of evidence supporting communication interventions for individuals with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. We reviewed 116 articles published between 1987 and 2007 in refereed journals meeting three criteria: (a) described a communication intervention, (b) involved one or more participants with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, and (c) addressed one or more areas of communication performance. Many researchers failed to report treatment fidelity or to assess basic aspects of intervention effects, including generalization, maintenance, and social validity. The evidence reviewed indicates that 96% of the studies reported positive changes in some aspects of communication. These findings support the provision of communication intervention to persons with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gaps in the research were reported as were recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-380
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume115
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Snell, M. E., Brady, N., McLean, L., Ogletree, B. T., Siegel, E., Sylvester, L., Mineo, B., Paul, D., Romski, M. A., & Sevcik, R. (2010). Twenty years of communication intervention research with individuals who have severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 115(5), 364-380. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-115-5.364