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A Review of Policies Relating to Speech and Language Development of Children in the Philippines

Angelica Anne E. Latorre, Ana Kriselda B. Rivera, Paul Adlai B. Quitiquit, Carl Abelardo T. Antonio

Abstract


This paper was a review of the current initiatives in the field of speech and language development (SLD) of Filipino children. In general, the national policies related to SLD have focused on language in education (58%), prevention of language development disorders (17%), regulation of speech pathology practice (17%), and provision of equal rights for persons with disabilities (8%). The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 2009 is a relatively new policy that still needs to be thoroughly introduced to many healthcare practitioners. Meanwhile, the integration of the native language as medium of instruction under the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 creates significant concerns among teachers and parents. On the other hand, the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons lacks specific provisions for children with language problems. Major barriers to successful implementation include lack of awareness and understanding of the rationale of policies, accessibility problems, and limited financial coverage of services.


Keywords


speech and language development; Filipino children; Philippines

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