130801 Language disorders in children with intellectual disability

Speech and Language Disorders in Children with Intellectual Disability in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Haris Memisevic, Selmir Hadzic
in DCID (Disability,CBR & Inclusive Development) Journal Vol 24, No 2 (2013)

Purpose: The goal of this study was to assess the prevalence of speech and language disorders (SLD) in children with intellectual disability.

Method: The sample comprised 167 children of both sexes, with mild and moderate intellectual disability of varied etiologies. Data on their language disorders were taken from the educational records in the school files.

Results: It was demonstrated that the total prevalence of SLD in this sample was high (71.3%). While there were no statistical differences in the prevalence of SLD in relation to the sex of the child, there were significant differences in relation to the level and etiology of intellectual disability.

Conclusion: Given the high prevalence of SLD, it is necessary to provide speech and language therapy to all children with intellectual disability who attend regular schools and special education centres. Speech therapy should begin as soon as they are admitted to preschool and school institutions.