Communication Abilities as A Correlate of Academic AchievementMunawar Ahmad Malik 1, Hafsa Noreen 2, Arshad Mahmood 3, Attiya Ismail 4, Nayab Iftikhar 5, Maroof Khan 6.
Background: Communication is the essential link between two persons. The communication competency of a person relates to the ability of the communicator who can render successful information processing at the other end, i.e. the listener. While talking of verbal abilities, oral skills, vocabulary and pragmatics are some key communication requisite for a successful encounter. The academic achievement generally is evidenced in the form of class achievement tests, especially in the language related content.
Objective: The objective of the study is to identify co-relation between Speech & Language disorder and academic performance of children in mainstream schools.
Methodology: It was survey based research identifying correlation between speech, language disorders and academic performance of children in mainstream schools. A Stratified random sampling technique was used for the study. The population of the study comprised of regular students studying in grades I-V in primary schools in Federal Capital territory, Islamabad. Duration of the study was February, 2016 to February, 2017.Out of 214 primary schools, 31 were selected though ensuring a representation of both urban and rural population. Both formal and informal procedures were adopted to identify the existing communication disorder while the academic scores were retrieved from the last annul exams.
Conclusion: It was concluded that not only a prevalence of communication disorders in children going to mainstream schools but also established respective impacts on the academic performance in terms of type of communication disorder, gender and age.
Academic achievement, Communication, Speech language disorders