SPECIAL ARTICLE: The Role Of A Speech Language Pathologist In The Management Of A Child With Cerebral Palsy - MS. GAYATRI HATTIANGADI

When we come across a child with Cerebral Palsy, we are aware that it is a permanent impairment and our entire focus and planning is directed towards reducing the effects of the disability and minimizing the handicap. The Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist (ASLP) is responsible for the effective assessment, diagnosis and management of the disorders related to swallowing and feeding, hearing and communication, affecting children with CP and their role needs to be understood by paraprofessionals dealing with children with Cerebral Palsy (CCP) and the caregivers of these children. The role of an SLP differs according to age of onset of the pathology and age at which the child reports to the SLP, affected domains, severity, pathophysiology, associated problems and the setting such as whether it is a private clinic, hospital or a special school. Management will vary and hence has to be planned according to the severity, type, etiological factors, associated factors and the topography of problem

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