Updated: Nov 3, 2022
I frequently get asked for literature or research articles about narrative-based language intervention. I used to refer people to a variety of different articles that were information rich, but required the clinician to determine how to implement the findings.
As of August 2020, I no longer have to do that! Trina D. Spencer and Douglas B. Petersen published a peer reviewed article which 1) synthesizes the current research on narrative-based language intervention and 2) combines that information with their own clinical experiences to provide clinicians with 10 principles to facilitate effective narrative-based language intervention.
Narrative Intervention: Principles to Practice | (Spencer & Petersen, 2020)
This is hands-down my number one favorite and most highly recommended research article for both seasoned users of narrative-based language intervention AND new users.
This article provides 10 immediately-implementable principles to ensure you provide effective narrative-based language intervention.
Build story structure BEFORE vocabulary and complex language
Use multiple exemplars to promote metalinguistics and generalization
Promote active participation
Contextualize, unpack and reconstruct stories
Use visuals to make abstract concepts concrete
Deliver immediate corrective feedback
Use efficient and effective prompts
Differentiate, individualize, and extend
Arrange for generalization opportunities
Make it fun
Even though this is a peer-reviewed research article, I find it to be easily digestable and immediately implementable for the busy SLP!
Read the article here