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Worth Repeating – Trading Places: An SLP Sees Disability and Treatment Through a Whole New Lens

[Source:  ASHA Leader]

Female, 6 years; 10 months. Chromosomal abnormality: translocation 9;15, microdeletion 9. Repaired cleft palate. Previous history of hypoglycemia, gastroesphogeal reflux, and tachycardia. Delayed developmental milestones. History of recurrent ear infections with subsequent placement of bilateral myringotomy tubes. Receptive and expressive language broadly within normal limits. Mild to moderate hypernasal speech with nasal emission. Reduced speech intelligibility. Most recent psychoeducational assessment revealed low-average verbal comprehension index and borderline visual-perceptual scores. Recently diagnosed ADHD (combined type).
Professionals who have been or are involved include genetics, neonatology, endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthodontistry, dentistry, oromaxillofacial surgery, speech-language pathology, audiology, developmental pediatrics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and psychiatry.
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