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Involving parents in the speech and language therapy of children with cochlear implants

Issue: Vol 5 No. 2 (2014)

Journal: Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders

Subject Areas: Linguistics

DOI: 10.1558/jircd.v5i2.167


This article examines the professional practices of a speech and language therapist in triadic interaction with children with cochlear implants and their parents. The study aims to provide a more detailed picture of three-party therapy interaction and to describe shifts in participation during the therapy process. Speech and language therapy sessions were video recorded and examined using conversation analysis. The focus of the analysis was on co-operation between the therapist, the parent and the child in triadic task sequences. The analyses showed how the participation and roles of the therapist and the parent changed during the therapy process. The participatory roles changed from therapist-driven task interaction to shared practices between the therapist and parent, and finally lead to parent-driven task interaction. The study reveals the real-life practices of speech and language therapy and introduces the ways in which parents are involved in therapy.

Author: Riitta Johanna Ronkainen, Tuula Tykkyläinen, Eila Lonka, Minna Laakso

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