In the public schools, SLPs' caseloads will include children with a broad spectrum of communication disorders
. Children with mild articulation delays may enter and then exit speech-language intervention programs within a short period of time.
Table 2 presents various family reactions to having a child with a communication disorder
and the accompanying potential risks.
The SC's goal is to have the communication disorder
become just one characteristic of the student rather than the main focus and distinguishing characteristic.
The clinic is highly regarded across the nation for its quality of clinical services provided to children and adults with communication disorders
. It is also recognized for its quality of clinical education offered to undergraduate and graduate students in speech pathology and audiology.
However, regardless of the way that individuals communicate with one another--whether it is speech and hearing, reading and writing, or sign or further manual means--communication occurs through the process of encoding, transmitting, and decoding the intended message, and consequently communication disorders
or impairments are present when a person has significant difficulty in one or more of these aspects of communication, taking into account sharing language, dialect and culture with people (Hedge, 2001).
The clinical sample consisted of a total of 187 children (126 boys, 61 girls) with communication disorder
diagnostic hypothesis as the primary diagnosis at 4.5 years (children diagnosed with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, motor impairment, childhood-onset fluency disorder, social [pragmatic] communication disorder
and sensory disorder were excluded).
Speaking further, Yul-Ifode, in a press release by the university's Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Scheme, and made available to newsmen online, said the consequences of a communication disordered
person transcend the communication activity, 'because of the relationship between the developing child and his language, the medium of communication, which is an index of normal/healthy development, maladjustment, as well as some developmental disorders.
A HUDDERSFIELD charity has joined a national campaign to speak out in support of stroke survivors suffering with communication disorders
. And it will be an all singing and dancing affair, for the town's Stroke Association has launched a sixweek aphasia choir to help alleviate the symptoms of stroke.
The key is to see past the presenting issues, often behavioural in nature, to the communication disorders
beyond that and to find what works for each individual concerned.
Meyer, PhD, Department of Communication Disorders
, Worcester State College, 486 Chandler St., Worcester MA 01602.
Problems associated specifically with developmental disabilities such as communication disorders
, behavior issues, and adaptive deficits receive less attention in curricula (Bolton & Cook, 1997).
Their services include prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of communication disorders
. Audiologists--hearing healthcare professionals who specialize in prevention, identification, and assessment of hearing disabilities--provide treatment and rehabilitative services.