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The identification process in Early Communication Intervention (ECI) by Primary Health Care personnel in Ditsobotla sub-district

Jeannie van der Linde, Alta Kritzinger, Aniel Redelinghuys
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 56, No 1 | a192 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v56i1.192 | © 2019 Jeannie van der Linde, Alta Kritzinger, Aniei Redelinghuys | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 2009

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Jeannie van der Linde, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Alta Kritzinger, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Aniel Redelinghuys, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Based on clinical observations, case finding for early communication intervention service delivery in rural  areas, such as Ditsobotla sub-district, is limited. The study described the identification process used for infants and young children at risk for communication delay and disorders as part of a proposed incremental implementation of early communication intervention services within the existing primary healthcare package. A descriptive survey design was followed. A rating scale was utilized and interviews were conducted with 20 randomly selected primary healthcare personnel and eight primary healthcare programme managers in Ditsobotla sub-district in North West province. The aims were to describe the early identification methods/processes, resources and limitations and provide guidelines to introduce early communication intervention services in a rural community. The results indicated that the identification process was limited. An incremental implementation of the different early communication intervention functions within the primary health care package appears feasible. Implications of the findings may be applied to initiate early communication intervention services, based on integrated teamwork, in a rural district in South Africa.

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early communication intervention; early identification; referral systems; case finding; infants and young chil­dren; at-risk; communication delay or disorders; primary healthcare

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