Survey on services for supporting communication-language development in care facilities for children with intellectual disabilities Kazue Tokuda 1 1Department of Speech Language and Hearing Therapy, Fukuoka International College of Health and Welfare Keyword: 言語聴覚士 , 知的障害児通園施設 , 実態調査 , 環境調整 , 直接的支援 , speech-language-hearing therapists , preschools for children with intellectual disabilities , an investigation of actual support conditions , environmental management , direct treatment pp.31-38
Published Date 2006/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001100065
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 In order to facilitate mutual understanding between medicine and welfare, which is important for coordinating supportive services for child development, the author conducted a survey of 232 care facilities for intellectually disabled children throughout Japan. A questionnaire was designed to investigate the current state of services for supporting communication-language development, and to clarify the needs for services by speech-language-hearing therapists (SLHTs), as well as to report difficulties, from the care facilities' view, encountered in working with SLHTs. The survey was conducted by mail. The results were as follows. Of the 167 preschools which returned the questionnaire (a response rate of 72.0%), 88 facilities (52.7% of 167) employ SLHTs. 148 (88.6%) answered that they need the services of SLHTs. When asked about preferred employment and/or role of therapists, 82 of 206 total answers (39.8%) chose "full-time specialists". The facilities' expectations for SLHTs included not only providing direct treatment to children but also environmental management. SLHTs should endeavor to meet the needs in and out of the facilities. It is necessary to organize a professional education system in order to further improve therapists' knowledge and skill, and to form networks for sharing information for providing better services.

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