1. Introduction: Goal and Target Selection for Developmental Speech Disorders: Pre-School Children
Pre-school children 3-5 years of age who are diagnosed with speech delay or disorder may show mild, moderate, or severe levels of unintelligibility to listeners relative to expectations for their chronological age. In assessing children relative to choosing goals and targets for intervention, overall goals relative to remediation, prevention, and compensation must first be considered. Relative to choosing goals and targets for direct remediation, client individual factors (e.g., 1) personal factors, 2) speech, language, and hearing factors, or 3) physical, organic, or structural factors must be considered. The status of prior or concurrent treatment must be included relative to choosing goals and targets as well.