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Carroll, Margaret L.||O'Connor, Henry (Professor of education)

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Education


Speech disorders in children--Diagnosis


When a public school speech therapist begins her duties in her given teaching situation, her first and most arduous task is the detection of children among the group to which she is assigned who have defective articulation and who should be included in her speech correction classes. In addition she needs to know which speech sounds are defective and the severity of the defect in order to place the children into homogeneous groups for therapy. This necessitates using a method of detection which is both rapid and accurate. A delay in the detection causes a postponement of therapy. Many of the children who have defective speech are of kindergarten or first grade age and thus, do not know how to read. Also there are older children with defective speech who are non-readers. Because of this, the articulation testing procedures which require a child to read are inadequate, and a method of stimulation which will elicit a specific speech response for evaluation by the therapist is necessary. Two types of stimulation which are used are pictorial stimulation and oral stimulation.


Includes bibliographical references.


vi, 54 pages, 2 unnumbered pages




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