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Sarah Verdon, research fellow at CSU

Speech treatments require multilingual focus

Treatments for speech and sound impediments must take into account the needs of children from multilingual backgrounds, research from Charles Sturt University shows.

Sarah Verdon, research fellow at Charles Sturt University, found in her research into speech and sound disorder treatment a severe lack of treatments tailored towards children from backgrounds that meant they spoke more than one language. This is despite statistics from the last census showing 1 in 4 Australians speak a language other than English.

“The profession has stemmed out of English-dominant countries,” Verdon said in an interview with Early Learning Review. “A lot of our assessments that are used to identify whether or not children do have communication difficulties are based in English and they’re normed on English (-speaking) children.”

Verdon also said speech and sound impediments could severely affect a child’s development and social wellbeing, and that generating treatments for multilingual children should be a priority.


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