Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

Speech Rehabilitation Programme for Mentally Disabled Children

Onsy A. Alim (1), T. Anber (2), R. Ahmed (1)

(1) Alexandria University, Egypt
(2) Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Delayed speech and total lack of speech development are reported as the major communicative problems for the retarded children. A review of literature shows the universal agreement that phonological deviations constitute the most common problem for the speech of mentally handicapped children. These children possess a high incidence of speech defects, characterized by phonological disturbances, rhythm patterns defects, or both. These deviations have their own specific nature related to the mentally retarded. The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the specific nature of the speech of mentally retarded children, and to demonstrate the influence of retardation upon their speech. Accordingly, based on the results, we propose a new programme as compensatory strategies for a more acceptable speech production to meet the communicative needs for mentally retarded.

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Bibliographic reference.  Alim, Onsy A. / Anber, T. / Ahmed, R. (1993): "Speech rehabilitation programme for mentally disabled children", In SLTDP-93, 145-148.