Management of swallowing and communication difficulties in Down syndrome: a survey of speech-language pathologists

Meyer, Carly, Theodoros, Deborah and Hickson, Louise (2017) Management of swallowing and communication difficulties in Down syndrome: a survey of speech-language pathologists. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19 1: 87-98. doi:10.1080/17549507.2016.1221454


Author Meyer, Carly
Theodoros, Deborah
Hickson, Louise
Title Management of swallowing and communication difficulties in Down syndrome: a survey of speech-language pathologists
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
1754-9515
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17549507.2016.1221454
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 87
End page 98
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 2922 Research and Theory
2733 Otorhinolaryngology
1203 Language and Linguistics
3616 Speech and Hearing
2912 LPN and LVN
Abstract Purpose: To explore speech pathology services for people with Down syndrome across the lifespan.
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Purpose: To explore speech pathology services for people with Down syndrome across the lifespan.

Method: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in Australia were invited to complete an online survey, which enquired about the speech pathology services they had provided to client/s with Down syndrome in the past 12 months. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics.

Result: A total of 390 SLPs completed the survey; 62% reported seeing a client with Down syndrome in the past 12 months. Most commonly, SLPs provided assessment and individual intervention for communication with varying levels of family involvement. The areas of dysphagia and/or communication addressed by SLPs, or in need of more services differed according to the age of the person with Down syndrome. SLPs reported a number of reasons why services were restricted.

Conclusion: There is a need to re-assess the way that SLPs currently provide services to people with Down syndrome. More research is needed to develop and evaluate treatment approaches that can be used to better address the needs of this population.
Keyword Communication
Down syndrome
Service delivery
Speech pathology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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