Use of ICF-CY in speech and language assessment for a child with congenital visual impairment: A single case study


Authors: Narayan Aishwarya, Kadayam Shanmugam Kalyani, and Arya Geetha
Page Range: 309-315
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 22 Issue 3
ISSN: 2191-1231

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Visual impairment often challenges speech-language pathologists (SLP) during assessments since it is not a prevalent disorder among SLP services. Assessment tools are also limited, specific to this population. The study objective was to use The International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY) as a comprehensive assessment tool to understand the specific needs of a child with congenital visual impairment and to identify the barriers and facilitators for holistic intervention planning. A single case study where a three years ten months old child with congenital visual impairment was assessed for speech and language skills in a tertiary health care center. The child does not have any functional communication skills, and to under-stand his specific needs, ICF-CY was used along with the conventional assessments. Various barriers, facilitators, and challenges were identified using ICF-CY. ICF-CY is a potential tool that can be considered for understanding the specific needs, barriers, and facilitators for rehabilitation for individuals with visual impairment.

Keywords: Visual impairment, ICF-CY, speech-language assessment, barriers, facilitators

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