Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 65.3 Summer 2020

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 65 Issue 3 Kyle Brouwer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of South Dakota, Kyle.brouwer@usd.edu Monica Gordon-Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Cleveland State University Introduction Speech-language pathologists rely on high quality research and assessment methods to provide evidence-based therapy to children with visual impairments (VI). A major barrier to this endeavor is that no published standardized measures of speech sound production have included children with VI. Ferrell (2014) and Kesitkas (2009) suggested that reliable and valid educational assessments for children with VI may be the exception rather than the norm. Although the clinical use of a measure to test children who come from a population that is not specifically represented in a test's standardization sample may pose some risks of inaccuracy, doing so is often a clinical necessity. For these reasons, the present study aims to address the lack of valid assessments of speech sound production in children with VI. Utilization of an Auditory-Based Assessment of Speech Sound Production in Children with Visual Impairment

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