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Communication impairments in children in residential care: an overlooked aspect of their education and well-being?

McCool, Susan (2008) Communication impairments in children in residential care: an overlooked aspect of their education and well-being? Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 7 (2). ISSN 1478-1840

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Abstract

Introduction It is the aim of this paper to explore an often-overlooked aspect of the education and well-being of children in residential care: the claim that there is a high rate of undetected communication impairment among children in 'public care' (Cross, 2004). Unmet communication need has serious effects on a child's education (Audet and Tankersley, 1999). The impact extends beyond academic attainment to encompass important educational and developmental aspects such as emotions and relationships, behaviour and self-regulation and, more broadly, participation and inclusion. This paper outlines the nature of communication impairment, and examines the evidence for unidentified need among children in residential care. It then explores what happens when needs remain unmet. The paper concludes with consideration of why services may fail both to recognise and respond to these needs, and offers examples of how some services have tried to respond to these issues.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27375
Keywords: communication impairments, children, residential care, education, well-being, Psychology, Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Speech and Language Therapy
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    Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 15:06
    Last modified: 03 May 2012 14:13
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27375

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