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Parent training improves language development in children with, or at risk of, language impairment
  1. Kate Christina Harvey
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Christina Harvey, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton WV10 0QP, UK; k.richardson{at}

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Review of: Roberts MY, Curtis PR, Sone BJ, Hampton LH. Association of Parent Training With Child Language Development: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr 2019;173(7):671–680

Study design: Systematic review and meta analysis. Four databases searched (ERIC, Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES) for studies in which parents were taught strategies to support their child’s language and communication.

Number of studies included: 76

Setting: 57% North American studies, 26% European studies. 33% of studies were performed within low-income populations.

Patients: 5848 included children had a mean age of 3.5 years. 27 trials studied patients with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), 10 patients with a developmental language disorder and 34 patients at risk of language impairment (eg, premature birth, siblings with ASD and low-income families).

Intervention: 57 (77%) studies were randomised and 17 (23%) were non-randomised. …

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  • Contributors KH wrote the abstract and the commentary.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.