The specific speech and language therapy approach focused on swallowing skills in children with cerebral palsy

Particularități ale intervenției logopedice în contextul tulburărilor de deglutiție la copiii cu paralizie cerebrală

The specific speech and language therapy approach focused on swallowing skills in children with cerebral palsy


There are studies that underscore the presence of swallowing disorders the in pediatric area, especially among children with disabilities. One of the most common causes of this occurrence are neurological disorders such as children with moderate and severe cerebral palsy. Swallowing disorders can have a significant impact on their development and general health. Reduced nutritional intake accompanied by deceleration weight, prolonged feeding, and especially respiratory complications, which are the major cause of premature mortality, are just some of the arguments that stress the importance of early intervention. The American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) reveals the important role of a speech therapist in the interdisciplinary team in initiating a specific intervention, in the context of the particular swallowing disorder. Based on these assumptions the purpose of this paper is to illustrate the particularities of a speech therapist’s intervention in the context of swallowing disorders in children with cerebral palsy. This shall begin with the steps of an assessment and a specific intervention focus on the use of sensorimotor therapy, including the counseling of the child’s family into the implementation of correct posture during swallowing, and the main maneuvers to facilitate swallowing.

Keywords: cerebral palsy, speech therapy, swallowing disorders, postural strategy, sensoriomotor therapy

DOI: 10.26744/rrttlc.2016.2.2.11

Published on line: 15/10/2016


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Social Communication Pragmatic Disorder- Erasmus+ Framework

Tulburarea de Comunicare Socială (Pragmatică)- Erasmus+ Framework

Social Communication Pragmatic Disorder- Erasmus+ Framework

Raluca Nicoleta TRIFU

Erasmus+ Framework through KA1-KA3 actions is a good possibility for staff training, youth mobility, students’ instruction, professional exchange and much more. Address in the KA1 – Learning mobility of individuals, ”We Can Too” was a project developed by Youth movement for development of the rural areas in Bulgaria in partnership with BNAL – Bulgarian National Association of Logopedists. The project brought together speech and language therapist from 5 different countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania), aiming to develop skills and good practices exchange in therapy for SPCD – Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders. Through 10 days of intensive training, SLTs become confident in using eye control techniques – Tobii PCEye for various disabilities, they translated and adapted the Pragmatic Profile proposed by Hazel Dewart and Susie Summers, 1995 in 5 languages and practiced Story Map Technique in developing pragmatic languages for intellectual disability, based on the Raggie (Sipsik) reading series. This training certified by EC with youth mobility certificate is considered an important element in skills acquired for SCPD therapy and a running start for further accurate diagnosis in accordance with DSM- V criteria and appropriate intervention

Keywords: SPCS – Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder, Story Map Technique, Eye Control Technology, Erasmus+ Framework.


DOI: 10.26744/rrttlc.2016.2.2.12

Published on line: 15/10/2016


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