The term individual differences has several important relationships to the field of human communication studies that impact service delivery to persons with a speech, language, or hearing disorder. For example, although it would be expedient for professionals providing speech, language, and hearing assessment and treatment services for persons with communication disorders to assume that all persons present with identical disorder profiles, this is not the case. Instead, it is well-known that the persons comprising the caseloads of Speech–Language pathologists and audiologists (hereafter referred to as clinicians) are characterized by their heterogeneity or individuality. That is, within the range of behaviors that could be correctly diagnosed as a speech sound disorder, for example, there are individuals who are best described as demonstrating phonological-based disorders and others ...

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