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An investigation of non-word discrimination and phonological representation in a sample of children with speech sound disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Wright, Aileen Quinlan, Juliet 2016-03-18T12:03:16Z 2016-03-18T12:03:16Z 2015
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Resolution of SSDs without therapy occurs for some children. Identification of those unlikely to resolve spontaneously would facilitate effective targeting of intervention resources. A test of non-word discrimination (NWD) may be effective in gaining a measure of phonological representation while controlling for confounding speech-production variables (Reuterkiӧld-Wagner, Sahlen & Nyman; 2005). Objectives: To find out: 1) what proportion, in a sample of children with SSDs, show deficits in NWD; 2) whether scores on NWD correlate with measures of phonological representation (Real-word Discrimination; RWD); and 3) whether scores on NWD are a useful predictor of which children with SSDs will resolve, with/without therapy. Method: 13 participants with SSDs: 8 boys, 5 girls; aged 3; 02-4;08 (M = 3;10). Participants were recruited through another study on the efficacy of a parent-administered home programme. Participants completed tests of NWD and RWD at study outset. The phonology sub-test of the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology (DEAP; Dodd et al, 2006) was administered at initial assessment, and again 8 weeks later. Results: Data from 2 children were excluded due to non-completion of the test of NWD. Only 2 children had good NWD scores; both made significant improvement in PCC by Assessment Time 2, despite not receiving therapy. The only other child making significant improvement received therapy. There was no significant correlation between scores of NWD and RWD; however children with good NWD had highest scores in RWD. Conclusions: Findings from this small sample suggest the utility of NWD as a predictor of spontaneous resolution for children with SSDs continues to warrant investigation. Further investigation is needed of the relationship between good NWD and phonological representations of real words. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs) en_US
dc.subject Non-word Discrimination (NWD) en_US
dc.subject phonological representation en_US
dc.subject Real-word Discrimination (RWD) en_US
dc.title An investigation of non-word discrimination and phonological representation in a sample of children with speech sound disorders en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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