Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Dr. John Buelke
Dr. Charles Van Riper
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Background of the Problem
Introduction. The term language as used in this thesis refers to the complex symbolic processes of speaking, reading, and writing. Speech is the primary process of language. Reading and writing are secondary processes formed by written symbols which reflect the primary symbols of speech. Due to the integral relationship of these elements, a facility or disability in one might affect the others. If this is true, then it might also be possible that one currently existing factor could affect the entire area of language including any, or all, of the interrelated processes. It is the purpose of this thesis to investigate a syndrome believed to be of this nature. It is usually designated by the term specific language disability. Specifically stated, the problem was to determine whether or not specific language disability is a factor related to clinical failure in public school speech therapy.
A justification of this problem is primarily based on the validity of the concepts stated above. Therefore, it is essential to review the existing literature relative to the integral relationship among the elements of language and to the specific syndrome of specific language disability.
Hansen, "Specific Language Disability as Related to Clinical Failure in Public School Speech Therapy" (1962). Master's Theses. 4652.