The Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Rehabilitation at Birmingham City University will hold the following research seminar as part of its on-going seminar series:
DATE: Wednesday 6 November, 3 – 4 pm
VENUE: Seacole 145, City South (Edgbaston) Campus, Birmingham City University
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‘He’ll grow out of it, won’t he?’. The characteristics of older children’s speech when they have – and haven’t – ‘grown out of it’
Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit,
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
Abstract: Studies of speech sound development and disorder have typically focused on young children learning speech prior to starting school. This is understandable given that studies of speech acquisition have shown that the process of learning to use a system of speech sounds is usually complete by age 8 (Dodd, Holm, Hua, & Crosbie, 2003; James, 2001; Smit, 1993a, 1993b). While it is known that for some children, difficulties with their speech persist beyond age 8, there is limited information about the nature of such children’s difficulties and how they compare with children who have typically developing speech at the same age. This paper will present data from a large scale population study in which speech samples of 8 year old children were analysed in terms of percentage consonants correct scores, error types (substitution, omission, distortion, addition) and syllable structure. The patterns of speech production of children who were identified as having difficulties were then compared with children who were typically developing. The results of these analyses will be reported leading into a discussion of how this should influence clinical practice for children with persistent speech disorder.
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