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Enhancing Communication Outcomes for Children: Evidence-Based Strategies from the CJSLPA

Enhancing Communication Outcomes for Children: Evidence-Based Strategies from the CJSLPA

As professionals dedicated to fostering optimal communication development in children, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) continuously seek evidence-based strategies to improve their practice. The Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CJSLPA) / Revue canadienne d'orthophonie et d'audiologie (RCOA) offers a wealth of research that can inform and enhance clinical practices. This blog highlights key findings from recent studies published in the CJSLPA and provides actionable insights for SLPs working with children.

Understanding the Roles of SLPs and Nurses in Acute Care

One significant study, "Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists and Nurses in Providing Communication Intervention for Nonspeaking Adults in Acute Care: A Regional Pilot Study" by Braun-Janzen, Sarchuk, and Murray, explores the collaborative efforts between SLPs and nurses in acute care settings. Although the focus is on adult patients, the findings underscore the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, which can be extrapolated to pediatric settings.

Key takeaways for SLPs working with children include:

Listeners' Social Perception of Speakers After Treatment

Another pertinent study, "Listeners' Social Perception of Speakers after Treatment for Laryngeal Cancer" by Turcotte et al., examines how treatment modalities affect social perceptions of speech. While this research focuses on adult cancer patients, it provides valuable insights into how speech characteristics influence social interactions, which is highly relevant for children.

SLPs can apply these findings by:

Using Culturally Appropriate Methodologies

In the study "Using Culturally Appropriate Methodology to Explore Dene Mothers' Views on Language Facilitation" by Bernacki Jonk and Enns, the authors emphasize the need for culturally sensitive approaches when working with diverse populations. This is crucial for SLPs who serve children from various cultural backgrounds.

To enhance practice, SLPs should:

Practical Applications for SLPs

Integrating the outcomes of these studies into clinical practice can significantly improve communication outcomes for children. Here are some practical steps SLPs can take:

  1. Regularly review current research in reputable journals such as the CJSLPA to stay informed about the latest evidence-based practices.
  2. Implement interdisciplinary collaboration models within your practice to ensure comprehensive care for children with complex communication needs.
  3. Use culturally responsive methodologies to tailor interventions that respect and incorporate the child's cultural context.
  4. Incorporate social perception measures into your assessment and treatment plans to address the holistic needs of the child.

By staying informed and adapting evidence-based strategies from current research, SLPs can enhance their practice and achieve better communication outcomes for children. To read the original research papers, please follow this link: Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CJSLPA) / Revue canadienne d'orthophonie et d'audiologie (RCOA).


Citation: Braun-Janzen, C., Sarchuk, L., & Murray, R. P. (2009). Roles of speech-language pathologists and nurses in providing communication intervention for nonspeaking adults in acute care: A regional pilot study. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 33(1), 5-23.

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