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A review of speech therapy services in ten cerebral palsy schools in the Republic of South Africa

Audrey Shavell
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Journal of the South African Speech and Hearing Association: Vol 21, No 1 | a400 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v21i1.400 | © 2019 Audrey Shavell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2016 | Published: 31 December 1974

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Audrey Shavell, Forest Town Cerebral Palsy School, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

Information on speech therapy services at ten Cerebral Palsy Schools in South Africa was obtained by means of a questionnaire. The results compared the numbers of children receiving treatment on an out-patient and in-patient basis; the percentage of children diagnosed as Cerebral Palsied, Minimal Brain Dysfunction,  Aphasic and unclassified in each school; the percentage of speech, voice, hearing and language disturbances in each diagnostic category, the frequency of speech therapy treatments and types of assessments used; The speech therapists who completed the questionnaire also gave their opinion on the value of  joint assessments, case conferences and use of a communication board as well as topics they would like to discuss.

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