Speech language pathologists' practice with children of parents with an acquired communication disability: A preliminary study

Australian Academic Press
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Brain Impairment, 2021, 22, (2), pp. 135-151
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Background:Parental acquired communication disability has long-lasting impacts on children, including increased child stress and behavioural problems. However, speech-language pathologists' (SLPs) current practice in providing information, education and counselling support to these children is unknown. Therefore, we explored SLPs' perceived needs, current practices and barriers and facilitators to working with children of people with acquired communication disability (PwCD).Methods:An online survey sought information on Australian SLPs' current practices in providing education and counselling to children of PwCD. Perceived barriers and facilitators were mapped to the COM-B, a model that considers Capability, Opportunity and Motivation as domains that influence behaviour.Results:75% of participants (n = 76) perceived a need to provide both information and counselling, but 'never' or 'rarely' provided either aspect of care. Barriers relating to 'Opportunity' were most frequently identified, such as not having access to children in therapy and lack of parental support/engagement. Capability (e.g., knowledge and skills) and Motivation (e.g., confidence) barriers were also identified.Conclusions:There is potential for SLPs to provide services to children of PwCD either directly through information and/or counselling-type interactions or indirectly through referral to other services. This study highlights the need for more research into these areas of practice.
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