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Assessment of childhood apraxia of speech characteristics

Alja Strgar (2017) Assessment of childhood apraxia of speech characteristics. MSc thesis.

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    Childhood apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder with impaired planning and/or programming of speech movements. Due to the lack of appropriate standardized tests in Slovenia, it is assessed based on experts’ judgement about the presence or absence of its characteristics. In the theoretical part of the master’s thesis a protocol was developed for assessing the characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech based on the analysis of scientific literature. This protocol includes a questionnaire for parents, a questionnaire for speech and language pathologists, guidelines for the evaluation and interpretation of the characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and advice for parents and teachers. A combination of characteristics that are reliable and sufficient signs of CAS has not yet been discovered. That is why this protocol covers an assessment of a wide range of characteristics, which have been described in research so far: speech inconsistency; lengthened and disrupted coarticulatory transitions; prosodic disturbances; different early speech development; limited phonemic and phonetic inventory; frequent omissions of consonants; vowel errors; multiple feature errors in phoneme substitutions; atypical phonological patterns; groping; predominant use of simple word shapes and increased errors as the complexity of the word shape increases; limited speech intelligibility; better performance of automatic speech productions; poor diadochokinesis; difficulty imitating nonspeech oral movements; speech regression; stronger receptive language than expressive language; language difficulties; weak (pre)literacy skills; and poor progress in speech therapy. In the empirical part of the thesis the protocol was implemented in the case of a 7-year-old boy with a severe speech and language disorder and suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech. It was established that the boy showed most of the characteristics described in the literature. This thesis is a novelty in Slovenian speech and language pathology; it broadens the knowledge of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and promotes precise evaluation and development of individual protocols for assessing speech and language disorders.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: childhood apraxia of speech, characteristics, assessment, protocol
    Number of Pages: 144
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Emica FaragoMentor
    doc. dr. Damjana KogovšekComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11534409)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4450
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 10:01
    Last Modified: 11 May 2017 10:01
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4450

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