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Speech-language therapy represents an accentuation of specific interventions which are to help the child manage the task of language acquisition. Most children do not need any support in this. They acquire sufficient language competency merely through their natural environment as well as the supply of input provided in school. Though, about 7% of all children reveal a specific impairment of their language processing system, while being of average intelligence. This, consequently, implies the indication for a clinical speech-language therapy intervention, which normally is organised and financed by the health system. Yet, a certain not specifically numeralised percentage of the children exhibits a necessity for support in language acquisition and development which cannot be explained by referring to deficits in information processing. In this, the underlying factors often include an unpropitious combination of environmental influences or a particular challenge posed through multilingualism. The responsibility for providing the therefor necessary support is usually incumbent on the educational system. The children are meant to receive support in pre-school and school as well as through additional offers focusing language acquisition and development.trias


For every intervention concerned, we suggest a triad of strategies which are to be employed complementarily: This intervention triad comprises a psycholinguistically based single or group therapy, the socio-emotional support, counselling and guidance of the parents (parent participation) as well as the usage of media offers. Here, media content with supposedly negative effects is to be avoided, while media usage showing positive effects should receive encouragement.

In the following depiction of the intervention triad, the horizontal axis frames the medialisation of the intervention (social/media-based), while the vertical axis represents the intervention specificity which augments from botton to top. Ideally, language promotion interventions are settled in the lower area of the traingle, whereas clinical speech-language therapy resides in the upper part.


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