Effectiveness of speech therapy in adults with intellectual disabilities

Hayo Terband*, Marjolein C. Coppens-Hofman, Maaike Reffeltrath, Ben A. M. Maassen

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    BackgroundThis study investigated the effect of speech therapy in a heterogeneous group of adults with intellectual disability.

    MethodThirty-six adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities (IQs 40-70; age 18-40years) with reported poor speech intelligibility received tailored training in articulation and listening skills delivered in two 3-month periods. Pre- to post-changes in speech intelligibility and receptive vocabulary were assessed using standardized tasks.

    ResultsThe results showed a positive effect of treatment on speech intelligibility and receptive vocabulary, irrespective of severity of intellectual disability, hearing loss and intellectual disability aetiology.

    ConclusionsSpeech therapy for people with intellectual disability can be effective at adult age and hearing loss should not prevent treatment. Continued attention to speech can help augment verbal communication skills in this population.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)236-248
    Aantal pagina's13
    TijdschriftJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
    Nummer van het tijdschrift2
    Vroegere onlinedatum10-jul.-2017
    StatusPublished - mrt.-2018

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