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Communication Sciences and Disorders


Ciera Lorio

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Communication Sciences and Disorders


Young children in foster care are at a higher risk for communication delays than are children in stable households. Educating foster parents in language development strategies is one way to prevent later language delays and/or disorders. This scoping review examined empirical studies including training or educational programs for foster parents. Each study was coded for the following: (a) study design; (b) participant information; (c) intervention strategies targeted; (d) intended outcomes for the child in foster care; and (d) the techniques used to teach foster parents the targeted intervention strategies. The results of this review may support researchers and other professionals in designing interventions that not only support the general development and mental health of children in foster care, but also successfully enhance language development, preventing further language delays or disorders as well as later difficulties in academics and beyond.

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