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Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania


Jessup, B and Ward, E and Cahill, L and Keating, D, Prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in preparatory students in northern Tasmania, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10, (5) pp. 364-377. ISSN 1754-9507 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited

DOI: doi:10.1080/17549500701871171


The purpose of this paper is to report the prevalence of speech and/or language impairment in a sample of preparatory students in northern Tasmania, Australia. A total of 308 preparatory students attending 30 public schools in northern Tasmania were administered assessments by a speech-language pathologist, and subsequently diagnosed with either typical or impaired speech and/or language skills. Overall, 41.2% of assessed preparatory students were identified as having either speech and/or language impairment. Specifically, 8.7% of students were found to have isolated speech impairment, 18.2% were diagnosed with isolated language impairment, and 14.3% were identified as having comorbid speech and language impairment. Compared to prior Australian and international research, the present data reflect one of the highest prevalence estimates for speech and/or language impairment reported to date. Given the relative paucity of Australian prevalence data, further epidemiological research specifically of Australian children is needed to validate the current findings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Prevalence, speech, language, impairment, Tasmania, epidemiology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Speech pathology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Jessup, B (Dr Belinda Jessup)
ID Code:145473
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-07-22
Last Modified:2021-10-27

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