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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)