Speech language pathology: Supports to communication

John M. Costello, Howard C. Shane*

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While language and communication are a vital part of being a human being, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have significant challenges in receptive and expressive communication. This chapter outlines the components of language, speech and communication difficulties, the circumstances under which referral can and should be made for a speech and language assessment, and what support to expect from a speech and language pathologist. The earlier in life that services and support can be provided to a child with speech, language and communication difficulties, the more likely it is that services will result in success. To accomplish this, it is also important to understand the relationship between language, communication and behavior and how augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be used to assist in the development of skills for communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319180960
ISBN (Print)9783319180953
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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