Sentence-Focused Framework

Chart showing progression from words to verbs to child-like sentences to adult-like sentences.

Young children with language disorders have difficulty learning words and grammar. We developed the sentence-focused framework to build a bridge between early vocabulary and grammar interventions for toddlers and preschoolers with language disorders. 

We created this content to support you–clinicians, parents, caregivers, and teachers–as you help young children produce more diverse sentences. The sentence-focused framework emphasizes the importance of diverse sentences in learning grammar. We know grammar is hard to teach because young children learn grammar without formal teaching by listening to others talk. We want clinicians to feel confident as they assess and treat grammar and we want to share tips with parents, caregivers, and teachers to support young children’s sentence development. Working together, we can enhance young children’s communication development. 

This is a central location for sharing discoveries and clinical resources related to the sentence-focused framework. This project is the collective work of faculty and students in Applied Psycholinguistics Lab, lab alumni, colleagues, and collaborators. 

We want to hear from you! We are interested in your use and adaptation of the sentence-focused framework and we also want to know when you need more information or better explanations. Email the lab.

Thank you for your interest in the sentence-focused framework and your commitment to enhancing communication development for young children with language disorders.