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Speech Language Profile Groups (SLPG)
Availability
Please email the author for more information about obtaining the instrument and permission to use the instrument: Dr. Katherine C. Hustad, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; kchustad@wisc.edu.
Classification
Supplemental: Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Short Description of Instrument
The Speech Langauge Profile Groups (SLPG) is a scheme developed from a longitudinal study of the speech, language, and communication development of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) in the United States (Hustad et al. 2010; Pennington, 2016).
The SLPG groups children according to the degree of motor speech disorder and language impairment (Hustad et al. 2010; Pennington, 2016):
I=no motor speech or language disorder
II=motor speech disorder without speech disorder
III=motor speech and language disorder
IV=anarthria with language impairment
Comments/Special Instructions
This classification can be completed from chart reviews indicating if the individual displays a motor speech impairment (e.g., dysarthria and/or apraxia of speech) and a language impairment (e.g., receptive and/or expressive language disorder).
If this information has not been noted in the chart, a speech-language pathologist can diagnose these impairments.
Scoring
(1) no clinical speech–motor impairment and no clinical language impairment;
(2) no clinical speech–motor impairment and clinical language impairment;
(3) mild speech–motor impairment and no clinical language impairment;
(4) mild speech–motor impairment and clinical language impairment;
(5) moderate/severe speech–motor impairment and no clinical language impairment;
(6) moderate/severe speech–motor impairment and clinical language impairment;
(7) unable to produce speech (anarthria) and no clinical language impairment;
(8) unable to produce speech (anarthria) and clinical language impairment.
Rationale/Justification
Children with CP often have communication difficulties. The most common underlying disorders are a motor speech disorder (i.e., dysarthria and/or apraxia of speech) and a receptive and/or expressive language disorder.
The SLPG is useful when reporting if the underlying communication disorder is due to speech and/or language impairment.
References
Hustad KC, Gorton K, Lee J. Classification of speech and language profiles in 4-year- old children with cerebral palsy: a prospective preliminary study. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2010;53(6):1496–1513.
Hustad KC, Oakes A, McFadd E, Allison KM. Alignment of classification paradigms for communication abilities in children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016;58(6):597–604.
Pennington L. Speech, language, communication, and cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016;58:534–535.
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