Well-Being and Resilience in Children With Speech and Language Disorders Purpose Children with speech and language disorders are at risk in relation to psychological and social well-being. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of these children from their own perspectives focusing on risks to their well-being and protective indicators that may promote resilience. Method ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 15, 2018
Well-Being and Resilience in Children With Speech and Language Disorders
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rena Lyons
    Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Sue Roulstone
    University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Rena Lyons: rena.lyons@nuigalway.ie
  • Editor: Sean Redmond
    Editor: Sean Redmond×
  • Associate Editor: Geralyn Timler
    Associate Editor: Geralyn Timler×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   February 15, 2018
Well-Being and Resilience in Children With Speech and Language Disorders
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 2018, Vol. 61, 324-344. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0391
History: Received October 7, 2016 , Revised March 10, 2017 , Accepted August 3, 2017
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 2018, Vol. 61, 324-344. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0391
History: Received October 7, 2016; Revised March 10, 2017; Accepted August 3, 2017

Purpose Children with speech and language disorders are at risk in relation to psychological and social well-being. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of these children from their own perspectives focusing on risks to their well-being and protective indicators that may promote resilience.

Method Eleven 9- to 12-year-old children (4 boys and 7 girls) were recruited using purposeful sampling. One participant presented with a speech sound disorder, 1 presented with both a speech and language disorder, and 9 with language disorders. All were receiving additional educational supports. Narrative inquiry, a qualitative design, was employed. Data were generated in home and school settings using multiple semi-structured interviews with each child over a 6-month period. A total of 59 interviews were conducted. The data were analyzed to identify themes in relation to potential risk factors to well-being and protective strategies.

Results Potential risk factors in relation to well-being were communication impairment and disability, difficulties with relationships, and concern about academic achievement. Potential protective strategies were hope, agency, and positive relationships.

Conclusion This study highlights the importance of listening to children's narratives so that those at risk in relation to well-being can be identified. Conceptualization of well-being and resilience within an ecological framework may enable identification of protective strategies at both individual and environmental levels that can be strengthened to mitigate negative experiences.

Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank the children and their families for giving their time to participate in this research project. The authors also thank Mat Jones, University of the West of England, for his very useful guidance with this study. The authors thank Sharynne McLeod for feedback on an early draft of this article.
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