Phonological processing skills of adolescents with residual speech sound errors

Jonathan Preston, Mary Louise Edwards

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Abstract

Purpose: Research has shown that young children with speech sound disorders may have weaknesses in phonological processing. However, such skills have not been thoroughly examined in adolescents with residual speech sound errors. Therefore, this study compared the phonological processing abilities of adolescents with residual speech sound errors to those of normally speaking peers. Method: Two nonword repetition tasks, multisyllabic word repetition, spoonerisms, phoneme reversals, and an elision task were used to compare the phonological processing skills of 10-14-year-olds with residual speech sound errors that include rhotic phonemes (RE, n = 13) to those of normally speaking (NS, n = 14) adolescents of similar age and receptive vocabulary abilities. Results: The 2 groups were found to differ on 5 of the 6 phonological processing tasks. Discriminant analysis showed that 85% of the participants could be correctly classified into the RE and NS groups based solely on phonological processing skills. Conclusion: The possible nature of the phonological processing impairment is discussed in the context of current theoretical understanding. It is recommended that when planning assessment and intervention for adolescents with residual speech sound errors, clinicians be cognizant of the fact that the adolescents may also have weaknesses in phonological processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-308
Number of pages12
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

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Keywords

  • Adolescent speech
  • Persistent speech errors
  • Phonological processing
  • Residual /r/ errors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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