"When he's around his brothers' he's not so quiet": The private and public worlds of school-aged children with speech sound disorder

Sharynne McLeod, Graham Daniel, Jacqueline Barr

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Abstract

Children interact with people in context: including home, school, and in the community. Understanding children's relationships within context is important for supporting children's development. Using child-friendly methodologies, the purpose of this research was to understand the lives of children with speech sound disorder (SSD) in context. Thirty-four interviews were undertaken with six school-aged children identified with SSD, and their siblings, friends, parents, grandparents, and teachers. Interview transcripts, questionnaires, and children's drawings were analyzed to reveal that these children experienced the world in context dependent ways (private vs. public worlds). Family and close friends typically provided a safe, supportive environment where children could be themselves and participate in typical childhoods. In contrast, when out of these familiar contexts, the children often were frustrated, embarrassed, and withdrawn, their relationships changed, and they were unable to get their message across in public contexts. Speech-language pathology assessment and intervention could be enhanced by interweaving the valuable insights of children, siblings, friends, parents, teachers, and other adults within children's worlds to more effectively support these children in context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-83
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Grant Number

  • FT0990588

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