Labels, identity and narratives in children with primary speech and language impairments

TitleLabels, identity and narratives in children with primary speech and language impairments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLyons, R, Roulstone, S
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Date PublishedMar-09-2017
Abstract
Purpose: There has been debate about labels in relation to speech and language impairments. However, children’s views are
missing from this debate, which is risky considering that labels with negative associations may result in stigma. The aim of
this study was to explore the range of identities which children with primary speech and language impairments presented in
their narratives and to investigate their evaluations of these identities with a view to understanding the values they attach to
labels.
Method: Eleven children aged 9–12 years with primary speech and language impairments were recruited to the study. Fifty
nine semi-structured interviews were conducted with the aim of generating storied accounts of everyday experiences. The
data were analysed using thematic analysis. Two themes were identified in the data: desired identities and undesired
identities.
Result: The findings suggest that the children were actively involved in identity construction and wanted to be seen in
positive ways. They disliked labels assigned by others, which they considered portrayed them in negative ways.
Conclusion: The debate about labels could be progressed by consulting with children themselves asking for their ideas in
relation to labels in specialist education, and speech and language pathology
ISSN Number1754-9507
Keywordsidentity, labels, narratives, speech and language impairments, stigma
URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17549507.2016.1221455http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17549507.2016.1221455
DOI10.1080/17549507.2016.1221455
Short TitleInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology