Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in Assessment and Intervention of School-Aged Children With Language Impairments Purpose The aim of this tutorial is to support speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in assessment and treatment practices with children with language impairment. Method This tutorial reviews the framework of the ICF, describes the implications of the ICF ... Tutorial
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Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in Assessment and Intervention of School-Aged Children With Language Impairments
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carol Westby
    Bilingual Multicultural Services, Albuquerque, NM
  • Karla N. Washington
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati, OH
  • 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 Carol Westby: mocha@unm.edu
  • Editor: Shelley Gray
    Editor: Shelley Gray×
  • Associate Editor: Estella Ma
    Associate Editor: Estella Ma×
Article Information
School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   July 26, 2017
Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in Assessment and Intervention of School-Aged Children With Language Impairments
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2017, Vol. 48, 137-152. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-16-0037
History: Received May 1, 2016 , Revised September 27, 2016 , Accepted April 13, 2017
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2017, Vol. 48, 137-152. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-16-0037
History: Received May 1, 2016; Revised September 27, 2016; Accepted April 13, 2017

Purpose The aim of this tutorial is to support speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in assessment and treatment practices with children with language impairment.

Method This tutorial reviews the framework of the ICF, describes the implications of the ICF for SLPs, distinguishes between students' capacity to perform a skill in a structured context and the actual performance of that skill in naturalistic contexts, and provides a case study of an elementary school child to demonstrate how the principles of the ICF can guide assessment and intervention.

Implications The Scope of Practice and Preferred Practice documents for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association identify the ICF as the framework for practice in speech-language pathology. This tutorial will facilitate clinicians' ability to identify personal and environmental factors that influence students' skill capacity and skill performance, assess students' capacity and performance, and develop impairment-based and socially based language goals linked to Common Core State Standards that build students' language capacity and their communicative performance in naturalistic contexts.

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