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ERIC Number: EJ1084726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Meeting the Needs of Signers in the Field of Speech and Language Pathology: Some Considerations for Action
Cripps, Jody H.; Cooper, Sheryl B.; Supalla, Samuel J.; Evitts, Paul M.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v37 n2 p108-116 Feb 2016
Deaf individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL) are rarely the focus of professionals in speech-language pathology. Although society is widely thought of in terms of those who speak, this norm is not all-inclusive. Many signing individuals exhibit disorders in signed language and need treatment much like their speaking peers. Although there is validation of the existence of disorders in signed language, provisions for signed language therapies are rare. Spoken language bias is explored with a focus on the concerning history of therapies provided for spoken language only. This article explores attitudes regarding ASL along with how signed language reading can help identify and treat language learning disabilities among deaf children. Addressing the topic of signed language disorders aims at meeting the needs of individuals who are deaf, which could lead to professional training and treatment options in signed language pathology (e.g., aphasia, stuttering).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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