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Well-being and resilience in children with speech and language disorders

Lyons, Rena; Roulstone, Sue

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Rena Lyons



Abstract

© 2018, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. All rights reserved. Purpose: Children with speech and language disorders are at risk in relation to psychological and social well-being. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of these children from their own perspectives focusing on risks to their well-being and protective indicators that may promote resilience. Method: Eleven 9- to 12-year-old children (4 boys and 7 girls) were recruited using purposeful sampling. One participant presented with a speech sound disorder, 1 presented with both a speech and language disorder, and 9 with language disorders. All were receiving additional educational supports. Narrative inquiry, a qualitative design, was employed. Data were generated in home and school settings using multiple semi-structured interviews with each child over a 6-month period. A total of 59 interviews were conducted. The data were analyzed to identify themes in relation to potential risk factors to well-being and protective strategies. Results: Potential risk factors in relation to well-being were communication impairment and disability, difficulties with relationships, and concern about academic achievement. Potential protective strategies were hope, agency, and positive relationships. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of listening to children’s narratives so that those at risk in relation to well-being can be identified. Conceptualization of well-being and resilience within an ecological framework may enable identification of protective strategies at both individual and environmental levels that can be strengthened to mitigate negative experiences.

Citation

Lyons, R., & Roulstone, S. (2018). Well-being and resilience in children with speech and language disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61(2), 324-344. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0391

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 15, 2018
Publication Date Feb 15, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2017
Journal Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Print ISSN 1092-4388
Publisher American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 2
Pages 324-344
DOI https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0391
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/874935
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0391

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