Mehrsprachige kinder mit Aussprachestörung: Internationales positions papier

Translated title of the contribution: Multilingual children with Speech Sound Disorder: International position paper

Sandra Neumann, Miriam Meinusch, Sarah Verdon, Sharynne McLeod

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Some children have speech sound disorders
(SSD) regardless of whether they speak one, two, or
multiple languages. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
across the world have indicated that they may not have
adequate skills and resources to provide appropriate care
for multilingual children with speech sound disorders.
This paper presents the first international position paper
for working with multilingual children with SSD (IEPMCS,
2012). The position paper aims to provide direction and
practical strategies for SLPs and related professionals
working with children who are multilingual and/
or multicultural, and to inform governments and policy
makers in health care systems to provide optimal care
The position paper was developed 2012 in a five-step procedure
by the International Expert Panel on Multilingual
Children’s Speech/IEPMCS) comprising 57 researchers
of speech-language pathology during face-to-face discussion
(with 14 members) and additional online-discussions
with additional participants.
A position paper of 5 pages was published, that incorporates
the components of the ICF-CY and reflects the
following contents: definitions, objectives in the framework
of the ICF-CY (WHO, 2007), identified challenges to
provide culturally competent and evidence-based services
to multilingual children with speech sound disorders and
recommended best practice.
The current position paper gives Germany guidance for
best practice when working with children with SSD and
their parents in a culturally and linguistically appropriate
way. To implement the paper in research and practice will be an important goal for the future.
Translated title of the contributionMultilingual children with Speech Sound Disorder: International position paper
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)164-175
Number of pages12
JournalL.O.G.O.S. Interdisziplinair
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Grant Number

  • FT0990588


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