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Moloney, Jennifer; Walshe, Margaret – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2019
Background: There is increasing recognition that dysphagia has significant implications for a person's psychological well-being, social participation and quality of life (QOL). However, a paucity of research exists regarding the clinical management of this area. To inform future research and the development of appropriate and beneficial resources…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Disabilities, Quality of Life, Allied Health Personnel
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Conway, Aifric; Walshe, Margaret – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2015
Background: Dysarthria is a commonly acquired speech disorder. Rising numbers of people surviving stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) mean the numbers of people with non-progressive dysarthria are likely to increase, with increased challenges for speech and language therapists (SLTs), service providers and key stakeholders. The evidence base…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communication Disorders, Speech Impairments, Head Injuries
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O Malley-Keighran, Mary-Pat; Coleman, Mary – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2014
Background: Individual attitudes and more general attitudes in society can negatively influence the functioning of people with communication disorders according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) "International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health" (ICF) (2002). Personal narratives have been recommended as the best…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communication Disorders, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research
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Archer, S. K.; Wellwood, I.; Smith, C. H.; Newham, D. J. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2013
Background: Dysphagia is common after stroke, leading to adverse outcome. There is a paucity of high-quality evidence for dysphagia therapy, thus making it difficult to determine the best approaches to treatment. Clinical decisions are often based on usual practice, however no formal method of monitoring practice patterns exists. Aims: To…
Descriptors: Speech Language Pathology, Allied Health Personnel, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Regan, Julie; Walshe, Margaret; McMahon, Barry P. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: The assessment of adequate upper oesophageal sphincter (UOS) opening during swallowing is an integral component of dysphagia evaluation. Aims: To ascertain speech and language therapists' (SLTs) satisfaction with current methods for assessing UOS function in people with dysphagia and to identify challenges encountered by SLTs with UOS…
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, Speech Therapy
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Byrne, Aine; Pettigrew, Catharine M. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Background: One of the major barriers to effective team working among healthcare professionals is a lack of knowledge of each other's roles. The importance of understanding Irish healthcare students' attitudes towards team working and each other's roles led to the development of this study. Aims: The aims were to investigate allied health…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Occupational Therapy, Foreign Countries
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O'Connor, Siobhan; Pettigrew, Catharine M. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: There is currently a paucity of research investigating what speech and language therapists, in particular, perceive are the greatest barriers to implementing evidence-based practice. Aims: The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceived barriers that are faced by speech and language therapists in southern Ireland when…
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Speech Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Questionnaires
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Smith, Martine; Sandberg, Annika Dahlgren; Larsson, Maria – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2009
Background: Effective literacy skills are crucial in supporting communication for children with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI). Reading and spelling difficulties are reported to be over-represented in this group, even where language and cognitive skills are age appropriate. Aims: To compare the performance of children with SSPI on a…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Mental Age, Spelling, Speech Impairments
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Walshe, Margaret; Miller, Nick; Leahy, Margaret; Murray, Aisling – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2008
Background: Many factors influence listener perception of dysarthric speech. Final consensus on the role of gender and listener experience is still to be reached. The speaker's perception of his/her speech has largely been ignored. Aims: (1) To compare speaker and listener perception of the intelligibility of dysarthric speech; (2) to explore the…
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Auditory Perception, Program Effectiveness, Gender Differences
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O'Malley, Mary Pat – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2008
Background: While much commentary exists in relation to the portrayal of disabled people in the media, very little research examines the talk itself in any detail. This paper examines the how people with communication disabilities and disabled people are dealt with in the talk of a radio programme about disability. Aims: To show how the voices of…
Descriptors: Radio, Programming (Broadcast), Attitudes toward Disabilities, Communication Disorders
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Barrow, Rozanne – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2008
Background: Listening to how people talk about the consequences of acquired aphasia helps one gain insight into how people construe disability and communication disability in particular. It has been found that some of these construals can be more of a disabling barrier in re-engaging with life than the communication impairment itself. Aims: To…
Descriptors: Interviews, Social Attitudes, Participant Observation, Aphasia
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Blaney, Bronagh; Hewlett, Nigel – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2007
Background: Friedreich's ataxia is one of the most common hereditary disorders of the nervous system. Dysarthria is a pervasive symptom of Friedreich's ataxia, yet the clinical presentation of speech symptoms remains poorly understood, leaving clinicians without the evidence required to develop therapy interventions. Aims: The research reported…
Descriptors: Severity (of Disability), Profiles, Phonetics, Males