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ERIC Number: EJ882132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Phonological Awareness and Types of Sound Errors in Preschoolers with Speech Sound Disorders
Preston, Jonathan; Edwards, Mary Louise
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v53 n1 p44-60 Feb 2010
Purpose: Some children with speech sound disorders (SSD) have difficulty with literacy-related skills, particularly phonological awareness (PA). This study investigates the PA skills of preschoolers with SSD by using a regression model to evaluate the degree to which PA can be concurrently predicted by types of speech sound errors. Method: Preschoolers with SSD (n = 43) participated in PA and speech sound production assessment. Errors from a 125-item picture naming task were coded in 2 ways: (a) considering all consonant errors equally (percentage of consonants correct [PCC]) and (b) using a 3-category system that captures component features of sound errors (typical sound changes, atypical sound changes, and distortions). PA tasks included rhyme matching, onset matching, onset segmentation and matching, and blending. Results: Variance in a PA composite score could be predicted partly by vocabulary and age (33%). Atypical sound changes accounted for an additional 6% of variance in PA, but distortions and typical errors did not account for significant variance. When the same consonant errors were analyzed using PCC, speech errors did not predict significant variance in PA. Conclusions: Poorer PA is associated with lower receptive vocabularies and more atypical sound errors. Results are interpreted in the context of the accuracy of phonological representations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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