Speech-language therapy for adolescents with written-language difficulties: The South African context

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Speech-language therapy for adolescents with written-language difficulties: The South African context
Creator Erasmus, Danel Schutte, Leani van der Merwe, Melissa Geertsema, Salomé
Subject Speech-language therapy Speech-language therapist; Adolescents; Written difficulties; Current practice; Perceptions; Needs; Training; South African context
Description Objective: To investigate whether privately practising speech-language therapists in South Africa are fulfilling their role of identification, assessment and intervention for adolescents with written-language and reading difficulties. Further needs concerning training with regard to this population group were also determined.Method: A survey study was conducted, using a self-administered questionnaire. Twenty-two currently practising speech-language therapists who are registered members of the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SASLHA) participated in the study.Results: The respondents indicated that they are aware of their role regarding adolescents with written-language difficulties. However, they feel that South-African speech-language therapists are not fulfilling this role. Existing assessment tools and interventions for written-language difficulties are described as inadequate, and culturally and age inappropriate. Yet, the majority of the respondents feel that they are adequately equipped to work with adolescents with written-language difficulties, based on their own experience, self-study and secondary training. The respondents feel that training regarding effective collaboration with teachers is necessary to establish specific roles, and to promote speech-language therapy for adolescents among teachers.Conclusion: Further research is needed in developing appropriate assessment and intervention tools as well as improvement of training at an undergraduate level.
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Date 2013-11-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v60i1.11
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 60, No 1 (2013); 50-58 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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