Journal article

The relationship between language difficulties, psychosocial difficulties and speech-language pathology service access in the community

David Trembath, Gina Conti-Ramsden, Gang Xie, Fallon Cook, Sheena Reilly

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A range of factors may impact whether children access speech-language pathology (SLP) services, beyond their communication difficulties. For instance, co-occurring psychosocial difficulties may amplify children's observable difficulties, leading to greater access. It is important to examine such associations because they may reflect inherent differences between children with language difficulties who access services and those who do not, indicating under-servicing for subgroups in the community. AIMS: The first aim was to examine possible differences in psychosocial difficulties between children with language difficulties who did versus did not access SLP services in the past 12 ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council ECR Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (grant numbers 237106, 436958 and 1041947) and by small grants from theMurdoch Children's Research Institute and La Trobe University. Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. David Trembath was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council ECR Fellowship (grant number GNT1071811). For Gina Conti-Ramsden, this research was also supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. Fallon Cook was supported by a Lifecourse Postdoctoral Fellowship. The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.