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Title: Children's language development and supplementary gesture production following a home visiting programme
Author: Henwood, Tom
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 7090
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis explores the impact that Home Visiting Programmes (HVPs) have on the language development of young children. Paper one reports a systematic review conducted to explore whether HVPs have an effect on the language development of the children they support. This process yielded 11 studies, all of which were rated using a quality appraisal tool. Data was extracted from each of these studies and analysed in order to identify which programs have supported children’s language development and why this might be. The findings illustrated that the HVP model of intervention are able to make positive changes to children’s language development, but not all programs achieve this outcome. The variance in the ways in which HVP are delivered makes for cautious conclusions, but the review suggests that the frequency and duration of visits might play an important role. Paper two describes an empirical study that measured 24-month-old children’s supplementary gesture-speech production. The data was analysed to investigate whether there was a difference in language ability of the children, half of whom had received support from the Family Nurse Partnership program HVP (UK). 483, three-minute long video recordings of mother-child dyads were coded for the child’s gesture production, with a particular focus on their use of supplementary gesture-speech combinations (an advanced form of gesture production associated with children’s language development). The study did not find a difference between the two groups with regards to supplementary gesture production, but did find a significant association between supplementary gesture production and children’s Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) score across the whole sample. Furthermore, children born to younger mothers were less likely to produce a supplementary gesture. Paper three provides a reflective and critical evaluation of the above papers. The paper reflects on the research processes and decisions made, as well as the clinical implications for the findings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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