Drooling in children with neurodisability : A survey of Australian speech-language pathologists' practice
McInerney, Michelle, Reddihough, Dinah S., Carding, Paul N. and Imms, Christine. (2020). Drooling in children with neurodisability : A survey of Australian speech-language pathologists' practice. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 22(5), pp. 601-609. https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2020.1729860
|Authors||McInerney, Michelle, Reddihough, Dinah S., Carding, Paul N. and Imms, Christine|
Purpose: In the absence of evidence-based guidelines, this study sought to understand current speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs) practice when treating drooling in children with a neurodisability.
Method: Descriptive research using cross-sectional survey methodology. Online survey methods were used to obtain specific information on Australian SLPs’ self-reported assessment and treatment practices relative to working with children with neurodisability who drool. Questions focussed on level of expertise, treatment approaches and barriers to evidence-based practice (EBP) in this area. Participants were sourced through three targeted associations/organisations. Data were analysed using descriptive and non-parametric statistics.
Result: Participants were Australian SLPs who had recent experience working with children with neurodisability who drool (n = 68). They favoured informal rather than formal methods for assessment. Preferred treatment techniques included behavioural intervention methods (46–53%) and modifying positioning (43.3%). Client suitability dominated reasoning regarding treatment selection (60%) with 57% of SLPs reporting EBP barriers.
Conclusion: Drooling was perceived to be a complex practice area for which SLPs desire additional education. Despite availability, valid and reliable assessments of drooling were not commonly used. Clinicians have limited evidence to support their practice: further research is needed to establish evidence-based treatments for drooling.
|Keywords||drooling; children; neurodisability; practice; Australian SLPs|
|Journal||International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Journal citation||22 (5), pp. 601-609|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2020.1729860|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
|Funder||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)|
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|Online||15 Apr 2020|
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|Deposited||03 Jul 2021|
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