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ERIC Number: EJ899215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
Communication Disorders: Prevalence and Comorbid Intellectual Disability, Autism, and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
Pinborough-Zimmerman, Judith; Satterfield, Robert; Miller, Judith; Bilder, Deborah; Hossain, Shaheen; McMahon, William
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v16 n4 p359-367 Nov 2007
Purpose: To determine a population-based estimate of communication disorders (CDs) in children; the co-occurrence of intellectual disability (ID), autism, and emotional/behavioral disorders; and the impact of these conditions on the prevalence of CDs. Method: Surveillance targeted 8-year-olds born in 1994 residing in 2002 in the 3 most populous counties in Utah (n = 26,315). A multiple-source record review was conducted at all major health and educational facilities. Results: A total of 1,667 children met the criteria of CD. The prevalence of CD was estimated to be 63.4 per 1,000 8-year-olds (95% confidence interval = 60.4-66.2). The ratio of boys to girls was 1.8:1. Four percent of the CD cases were identified with an ID and 3.7% with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Adjusting the CD prevalence to exclude ASD and/or ID cases significantly affected the CD prevalence rate. Other frequently co-occurring emotional/behavioral disorders with CD were attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and conduct disorder. Conclusions: Findings affirm that CDs and co-occurring mental health conditions are a major educational and public health concern. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah