Speech and Language Development
Communication development is the specific domain of the speech-language pathologist on the interdisciplinary team. However, communication is essential in all areas of an individual’s daily life. Therefore, the speech-language pathologist works closely with other members of the team to determine functional communication needs, develop an appropriate habilitation program, and incorporate speech and language goals into daily activities. In working with the child with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), consultation with team members, such as the occupational therapist, audio-logist, pediatric nurse-practitioner, and psychologist, is particularly important. Visual-motor abilities, hearing sensitivity, auditory processing, visual acuity, and cognitive limitations can all affect communication development, as well as the child’s test performance.
KeywordsLanguage Development Speech Production Expressive Language Language Comprehension Connected Speech
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