Knowing, having, doing: The battles of childhood speech impairment

McCormack, Jane, McAllister, Lindy, McLeod, Sharynne and Harrison, Linda (2012) Knowing, having, doing: The battles of childhood speech impairment. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 28 2: 141-157. doi:10.1177/0265659011417313

Author McCormack, Jane
McAllister, Lindy
McLeod, Sharynne
Harrison, Linda
Title Knowing, having, doing: The battles of childhood speech impairment
Journal name Child Language Teaching and Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0265-6590
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0265659011417313
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 157
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study describes the experience of childhood speech impairment (speech sound disorder) from the perspective of two young men and their mothers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the four participants, with questions framed around the International classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF; WHO, 2001) to gain a holistic understanding of life with speech impairment. Phenomenological analysis of the interviews revealed that the experience of speech impairment was associated with three key themes: (1) knowing, (2) having, and (3) doing. A core theme of ‘battles’ was common to all three themes (i.e. the battle for knowledge, the battle of having speech and associated difficulties, and the battle to do something to minimize the impact of the difficulties); however, the nature of the battles was different for participants, and was related to other life factors. This qualitative research provides valuable insights into the experiences of those living with speech impairment, and shows the importance of considering such information alongside quantitative research when making decisions in clinical practice.
Keyword Speech impairment
Speech sound disorder
Qualitative research
International Classification of Functioning
Disability and Health (ICF)
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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