The phonological awareness abilities of children with cerebral palsy who do not speak

Card, Ruth and Dodd, Barbara (2006) The phonological awareness abilities of children with cerebral palsy who do not speak. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 22 3: 149-159. doi:10.1080/07434610500431694


Author Card, Ruth
Dodd, Barbara
Title The phonological awareness abilities of children with cerebral palsy who do not speak
Journal name Augmentative and Alternative Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-4618
1477-3848
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07434610500431694
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 149
End page 159
Total pages 11
Editor J. Todman
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
380102 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language
730111 Hearing, vision, speech and their disorders
Abstract To investigate the importance of the connection between being able to speak and the emergence of phonological awareness abilities, the performance of children with cerebral palsy (five speakers and six non-speakers) was assessed at syllable, onset-rime, and phoneme levels. The children were matched with control groups of children for non-verbal intelligence. No group differences were found for the identification of syllables, reading non-words, or judging spoken rhyme. The children with cerebral palsy who could speak, however, performed better than the children with cerebral palsy who could not speak and the control group of children without disabilities, judging written words for rhyme. The children with cerebral palsy who could not speak performed poorly in comparison to those who could speak ( but not the control group of children) when segmenting syllables and on the phoneme manipulation task. The findings suggest that non-speaking children with cerebral palsy have phonological awareness performance that varies according to the mental processing demands of the task. The ability to speak facilitates performance when phonological awareness tasks ( written rhyme judgment, syllable segmentation, and phoneme manipulation) require the use of an articulatory loop.
Keyword Phonological awareness
Cerebral Palsy
Communication
Articulation
Nonvocal children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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