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Supporting Children With Speech Sound Disorders During COVID-19 Restrictions: Technological Solutions

Sharynne McLeod, Kirrie J Ballard, Beena Ahmed, Nicole McGill, Michelle I Brown

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups | American Speech Language Hearing Association | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose“Children are the hidden victims of the COVID-19 pandemic” (United Nations Children's Fund, 2020). Timely and effective speech intervention is important to reduce the impact on children's school achievement, ability to make friends, mental health, future life opportunities, and government resources. Prior to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, many Australian children did not receive sufficient speech-language pathology (SLP) services due to long waiting lists in the public health system. COVID-19 restrictions exacerbated this issue, as even children who were at the top of lengthy SLP waiting lists often received limited services, particularly in rural areas. To facilitate ch..

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