Date of Award

4-1984

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

Dr. John M. Hanley

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert L. Erickson

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael J. Clark

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Finger tapping and CVC syllable repetition measures of 7 four to eight year old fluent and disfluent children and their mothers were evaluated. Perceptual ratings of speech rate and effort level were also completed by the children, their mothers, and nine graduate students. These procedures were used to test hypotheses that mean interval durations for tapping and for speech, and perceptual ratings of speech rate and effort level are individual in nature.

Results indicated that the subjects1 measures of mean interval durations for tapping and for speech as estimates of rhythmicity, and perceptual ratings of speech rate and effort level were individual in nature for the subjects in this study.

These results were discussed in terms of theoretical and clinical implications, and of the hypotheses which may be generated and tested concerning the individual effects that different production and perception variables may have on communication for the disfluent child.

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