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The nature and management of communication disorders in a rural area: The role of the community speech and hearing therapy workers

Marguerite Schneider
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 39, No 1 | a277 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v39i1.277 | © 2019 Marguerite Scneider | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1992

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Marguerite Schneider, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

Six hospitals where Community Speech and Hearing Therapy workers (CW's) are working in Gazankulu were visited. Firstly, data were collected from records, reports and case files over an 18 month period to determine the nature and prevalence of the communication disorders seen by the CW's. Secondly, the CWs were interviewed about their work situation, organisation of their time and intervention strategies used with communicatively disordered people in order to evaluate the efficacy of their work. Methodological issues requiring consideration when undertaking this type of research are discussed. The results are discussed in terms of the implications for course modifications as well as policy decisions within the profession of Speech and Hearing Therapy.

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