Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania

Jessup, Belinda, Ward, Elizabeth, Cahill, Louise and Keating, Diane (2008) Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10 5: 364-377. doi:10.1080/17549500701871171

Author Jessup, Belinda
Ward, Elizabeth
Cahill, Louise
Keating, Diane
Title Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17549500701871171
Volume 10
Issue 5
Start page 364
End page 377
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to report the prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in a sample of preparatory students in northern Tasmania, Australia. A total of 308 preparatory students attending 30 public schools in northern Tasmania were administered assessments by a speech-language pathologist, and subsequently diagnosed with either typical or impaired speech and/or language skills. Overall, 41.2% of assessed preparatory students were identified as having either speech and/or language impairment. Specifically, 8.7% of students were found to have isolated speech impairment, 18.2% were diagnosed with isolated language impairment, and 14.3% were identified as having comorbid speech and language impairment. Compared to prior Australian and international research, the present data reflect one of the highest prevalence estimates for speech and/or language impairment reported to date. Given the relative paucity of Australian prevalence data, further epidemiological research specifically of Australian children is needed to validate the current findings.
Keyword Prevalence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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