Journal article

Speech in children with cerebral palsy

Cristina Mei, Sheena Reilly, Molly Bickerton, Fiona Mensah, Samantha Turner, Dhanooshini Kumaranayagam, Lindsay Pennington, Dinah Reddihough, Angela T Morgan

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

AIM: To examine the frequency, characteristics, and factors associated with speech delay and disorder in a community sample of children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: Participants were 84 children (37 females, 47 males; aged between 4y 11mo-6y 6mo) with CP identified through a population-based registry. Speech and oromotor function were systematically evaluated to provide a differential diagnosis of articulation, phonological, and motor speech disorders. RESULTS: In total, 82% (69/84) of participants had delayed or disordered speech production, including minimally verbal presentations (n=20). Verbal participants (n=64) presented with dysarthria (78%), articulation delay or disorder (54%),..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the children and their families who participated in this study. We also thank the manager and staff of the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register (Dr Sue Reid, Ms Elaine Meehan, Ms Tess Lionti, and Ms Christine Westbury) and the funders of the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register, the Victorian Medical Insurance Agency, and the Department of Health. This study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (607448) and a Speech Pathology Australia Nadia Verrall Research Grant (awarded to CM); National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (607314) and Practitioner Fellowship (1105008) (awarded to AM); National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship (491210, 1041892) (awarded to SR); National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (1037449) and Career Development Fellowship (1111160) (awarded to FM). Support was also received from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Programme.