ERIC Number: EJ1075388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing Disfluencies in School-Age Children Who Stutter: How Much Speech Is Enough?
Gregg, Brent A.; Sawyer, Jean
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v37 n1 p36-43 Nov 2015
The question of what size speech sample is sufficient to accurately identify stuttering and its myriad characteristics is a valid one. Short samples have a risk of over- or underrepresenting disfluency types or characteristics. In recent years, there has been a trend toward using shorter samples because they are less time-consuming for school-based speech-language pathologists. However, it is questionable whether shorter samples are adequate to properly diagnose and evaluate stuttering. The purpose of this investigation was to conduct a systematic examination of the effect of speech sample size on the frequency and type of disfluency in the school-age population. The participants included 30 school-aged children who stutter, ranging in age from 7 to 12 years. Results indicated that there was not a significant change in stuttering-like disfluencies (SLD) or length of disfluent events as the size of the speech sample increased.
Descriptors: Stuttering, Speech Language Pathology, Diagnostic Tests, Disability Identification, Investigations, Speech Impairments, Sample Size, Incidence, Elementary School Students, Statistical Significance, Syllables, Repetition, Time Factors (Learning), Trend Analysis, Video Technology, Test Reliability, Test Validity
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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