Practise patterns of Malaysian speech-language pathologists in managing children with speech and language delay/disorder

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Purpose: Children with speech and language delay/disorder (SLD) in the developing language stage (DLS) are one of the largest populations served by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in paediatric settings. The aim of this study was to investigate the practise patterns adopted by Malaysian SLPs when managing these children. Method: A web-based questionnaire was developed to obtain information about SLPs’ practises during assessment, planning and treatment. Result: A total of 53 SLPs completed the questionnaire. When assessing the children, participants either always or usually involved parents, suggesting that they understood the importance of family involvement in services provided. When planning goals, the SLPs relied mostly on their clinical experience and less on research evidence. Participants reported that, most often, they employed a one-to-one approach when providing treatment. There was, however, great variation in the frequency of treatment provided, reflecting the different workplaces of participants. Conclusion: Generally, findings from this study indicated that some practises employed by Malaysian SLPs when managing children with SLD in the DLS are on par with the best practise guidelines, but there is still room for improvement in certain areas such as team collaboration and evidence-based practise. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Feb 2016

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Language Delay
Evidence-Based Practice
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Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • Practice
  • Speech Language Delay
  • Speech-language Pathologist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Research and Theory
  • Language and Linguistics

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