Resources: Speech Therapy

Resources for Speech Therapy in Ethiopia (Amharic & Afaan Ormo)

Description: TF is delighted to announce the creation of the very first SLT training video materials available in two of the widely spoken languages in Ethiopia. These speech therapy training resources were designed by SLT expert, Dr. Cat Crowley. Yekatit 12 Hospital Medical College’s Speech Team of Berhane Abera and Hirut Menguistu also feature prominently in these resources.


Development of Community-based Speech Therapy Model: for children with cleft lip/palate in northeast Thailand

Prathanee B, Dechongkit S, Manochiopinig S.

BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment can reduce disfigurement for children born with cleft lip/palate, however, most children are left with speech and language problems. This creates a new problem as speech and language services is limited.

OBJECTIVE: To combine the principles of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Primary Health Care (PHC) and institutional medical approaches for reaching and treating speech disordered children with cleft lip and/ or palate in remote area.

MATERIAL AND METHOD: The authors conducted the study from participatory workshops for development of a Community-Based Model.

RESULTS: Community-Based Speech Therapy Model for children with cleft lip/palate was established based on healthcare system.

CONCLUSION: Model can be implemented among children with cleft lip/palate for further process in Northeast and other areas of Thailand as well as developing countries where there is a limitation of speech therapy.



Caregivers perception of SLP in CLP children & planning community-based intervention for CLP speech
B. Subramaniyana, Roopa Nagarajana, R. Vaidyanathana, B. Rajashekharb, B.W.C. Sathiyasekaranc

Suraj_&_Roopa_Publication_March_2018_Caregivers_perception_of_SLP_in_CLP_children Suraj_&_Roopa_Publication_March_2018_Planning_community-based_intervention_for_CLP_speech

Background and Purpose: Comprehensive management for communication disorders in individuals with CLP was
provided in a community based program in two rural districts in Tamilnadu, India. This program provides
services at the community to empower the families about CLP and treatment options.
Objective: To document the caregiver perceptions’ of communication status and needs in children with repaired
Method: Six Focus Group Discussions were conducted in Thiruvannamalai and Cuddalore districts in Tamil
Nadu, India. Participants were 55 Caregivers of children (5–12 years of age) with repaired CLP.
Results: Most participants were concerned about their child’s communication and few expressed concerns about
specific errors in speech observed in their children. The caregivers recognized the need for and were willing to
avail speech correction services. The focus group discussions highlighted some factors that need to be considered
while planning a service delivery program for speech correction. The caregivers’ expressed inability to independently
carryout home training programs attributing it the lack of cooperation from their children.
However they were open to receiving services if it was logistically convenient.
Conclusion: This study provided the caregiver perceptions’ of needs relating to communication in children with
CLP. These need to be incorporated in the existing program to develop a model for speech intervention that
would be feasible, sustainable and have good compliance.