Journal article

Motor speech impairment, activity, and participation in children with cerebral palsy

Cristina Mei, Sheena Reilly, Dinah Reddihough, Fiona Mensah, Angela Morgan

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2014


The present study used a population-based sample of children with cerebral palsy (CP) to estimate the prevalence of motor speech impairment and its association with activity and participation. A sample of 79 Victorian children aged 4 years 11 months to 6 years 5 months was recruited through the Victorian CP Register. The presence of motor speech impairment was recorded using the Viking Speech Scale (VSS). Activity and participation outcomes included speech intelligibility (the National Technical Institute for the Deaf rating scale, NTID), the Functional Communication Classification System (FCCS) and Communication Function Classification System (CFCS). A parent completed rating scale was used..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to all the families who participated in this study. We kindly thank Sue Reid (Manager of the VCPR) and the following departments at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, for their generous assistance in recruiting families: Developmental Medicine, Orthopaedics, and the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. This project was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship (#607448) and a Speech Pathology Australia Nadia Verrall Research Grant. The following authors were funded by NHMRC: AM (Career Development Award #607315); SR (Practitioner Fellowship #1041892); and FM (Population Health Capacity Building Grant #436914 and Early Career Fellowship #1037449). Support was also received from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.