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Communication Skills of Individuals with NF1

NF Midwest is excited to add a new piece to our be iNFormed series. This is a series of material and articles written on various subjects of interest to the NF community in easy to read formats. The articles may be on specific complications or about other areas of interest such as neuropsychological testing or information for teachers.

Our newest piece is on Communication Skills of Individuals with NF1. It is written by Heather Thompson, Ph.D, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Thompson has trained nationally and internationally and is licensed to practice as a speech-language pathologist in both the United States and Canada.

Dr. Thompson’s research is in the area of developmental speech and language disorders. She has a specific interest in examining the speech and language outcomes of children diagnosed with developmental syndromes of Ras/MAPK pathway dysregulation which includes neurofibromatosis type 1. She has published in the area of neurofibromatosis, has collaborated with other researchers, and has presented at many national and international conferences.

Children and adults with neurofibromatosis may present with communication concerns requiring speech-language assessments and/or intervention. Speech-language pathologists are in a unique position to be able to provide information to individuals of any age regarding their communication skills.

We thank Dr. Thompson for taking the time to create this piece for us and for the NF community! Look for more articles on communication and speech with NF in the future.

Please read the article here.

We are always working on expanding our be iNFormed learning library. Please let us know if there is a subject you’d like to see an article on.

Communication Skills Article

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