Author

Sara Hegsted

Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Sonia Manuel-Dupont

Abstract

Children hear and use narratives in a variety of contexts including school, social situations, and at home. A narrative is a form of discourse that is used to tell the listener what happened in a temporally sequenced, agent-focused way, and these stories can be a production of a real or fictional account. Speech language pathologists take a particular interest in children's narrative abilities because children's story telling capabilities play a large role in language acquisition as well as future academic success, especially literacy. The following literature review seeks to synthesize information on narrative development, production, and intervention from the perspective of speech language pathologists. This article will discuss the importance of narratives, narrative structure, and a variety of narrative intervention techniques. Because it is difficult for a child to generalize language goals to settings outside of the therapy room without additional support, applications for both parents and teachers to continue working on narrative language goals will also be discussed.

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