Research to Practice: A Perspective on Clinical Trials in Language and Learning Disorders What frequency of therapy results in the fastest language learning in 5-year-old children with specific language impairment? How does a computerized therapy program like FastForWard compare with an equally intensive behavioral therapy program directed toward the same goals? Does a phonemic recognition intervention result in better reading skills at ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Research to Practice: A Perspective on Clinical Trials in Language and Learning Disorders
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  • Jeri A. Logemann
    Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    Principal Investigator
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Research to Practice: A Perspective on Clinical Trials in Language and Learning Disorders
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 29-31. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.29
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 29-31. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.29
What frequency of therapy results in the fastest language learning in 5-year-old children with specific language impairment? How does a computerized therapy program like FastForWard compare with an equally intensive behavioral therapy program directed toward the same goals? Does a phonemic recognition intervention result in better reading skills at age 6 than normal development and no therapy? These are the types of questions that can best be answered by multicenter randomized clinical trials.
The establishment of our own clinical trials cooperative group, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group (or the CSDRG), provides us with the opportunity to design studies and apply for funding to answer such questions. However, designing such studies also presents a number of challenges that we believe are manageable. I am grateful for this chance to discuss the various issues that must be considered and addressed in the selection, development, and implementation of clinical trials in communication disorders, generally and specifically in the area of language and learning disabilities, and the important role that clinicians in all settings play in their implementation.
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