The ICF and ICF-CY as a framework for children's speech acquisition

Sharynne McLeod, Kenneth M Bleile

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Speech is pivotal to human functioning and underpins access to educational and vocational opportunities. Working with children can be enhanced by considering each child in his or her milieu and placing importance on the child's activity and participation within society. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (WHO, 2001) is a holistic biopsychosocial framework that can be applied to the consideration of children’s speech acquisition. The components of the ICF are, Body Functions and Structures, Activities and Participation, Environmental Factors, and Personal Factors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe international guide to speech acquisition
EditorsSharynne McLeod
Place of PublicationClifton Park, NY, USA
PublisherThomson Delmar Learning
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781418053604
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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