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Narrative Abilities: Advances in Research and Implications for Clinical Practice

Boudreau, Donna PhD, CCC-SLP

Topics in Language Disorders:
doi: 10.1097/01.TLD.0000318932.08807.da

The development of narrative abilities is an important achievement, and narratives play a significant role in academic success. Children with language impairments experience significant challenges in connected discourse: difficulties that continue to characterize their linguistic abilities into adolescence. Recent research investigating narrative abilities has important theoretical and clinical implications for speech–language pathologists. This article highlights key findings in recent research addressing narrative abilities in children with and without language impairments. Implications of research findings for narrative assessment and intervention are discussed.

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From the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Corresponding author: Donna Boudreau, PhD, CCC-SLP, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland OR 97707 (e-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins