Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Charles Van Riper

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Background of the Problem

Review of the Literature

The educational importance of speech problems.

There are a number of justification for the existence of speech therapy in the public schools, and some of them have often been expressed in terms of the educational handicap presented by the children with speech defects. Spelling, reading, writing, and speaking often seem to be directly affected by a speech defect. Non-verbal subjects (geography, mathematics, etc.,) can also be affected because they frequently require written reports and oral recitations. In school, the children with speech defects are said to exhibit an overall retardation. Van Riper (47, p.12), stated that the speech defective child on the average, was retarded one year educationally, with extra expense for the school and frustration for the child. This gives an indication that speech defects are not a self-contained problem, but can have serious effects on other aspects of education.