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The PhonicStick: Can intense training with the PhonicStick affecvt phonological ability in children with an atypical language development?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates if intense training with the PhonicStick, a speech generating joystick developed originally as a communication device, has an effect on phonological ability in children with an atypical language development. Previous studies connected to the PhonicStick and phonological ability has not shown any improvement of phonological awareness due to training with the device. What is unique in the present study is the amount of intense training with the PhonicStick, something that has never been done before, as well as the focus on phonological ability instead of phonological awareness. The study consists of nine participating children between 4y;0m to 5y;7m of age, six of them diagnosed with an atypical language development by a speech and language pathologist, and three of them considered to follow a typical language development. Results indicate that intense training with the PhonicStick combined with conventional speech and language interventions may have an effect regarding phonological ability in children with an atypical language development on an individual level.

Key words: The PhonicStick, phonological ability, atypical language development, intense training.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med den aktuella studien var att undersöka huruvida intensiv träning med the PhonicStick, en talgenererande joystick ursprungligen framtagen som ett kommunikationshjälpmedel, har en påverkan på fonologisk medvetenhet beträffande barn med en atypisk språklig utveckling. Tidigare studier gällande the PhonicStick och fonologisk förmåga har inte visat på någon förbättring gällande fonologisk medvetenhet genom träning med apparaten. Unikt för denna studie är mängden intensiv träning med the PhonicStick, samt att fokus ligger på fonologisk förmåga istället för fonologisk medvetenhet. I studien deltog nio barn i åldrarna 4;0 till 5;7 år. Sex av barnen har tidigare diagnosticerats av legitimerad logoped att ha en atypisk språklig utveckling. Tre av de deltagande barnen har bedömts följa en typisk språklig utveckling. Studiens resultat indikerar att intensiv träning med the PhonicStick, kombinerat med sedvanliga logopediska insatser, kan ha effekt gällande fonologisk förmåga hos barn med atypisk språkutveckling på individnivå.

Nyckelord: The PhonicStick, fonologisk förmåga, atypisk språkutveckling, intensiv träning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 71 p.
Series
Examensarbete i logopedi, 105
Keyword [en]
The PhonicStick, Phonological ability, atypical language development
Keyword [sv]
The PhonicStick, Fonologisk förmåga, atypisk språkutveckling
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242364DiVA: diva2:783348
Subject / course
Speech and Language Pathology
Educational program
Degree of Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology
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Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2015-01-26Bibliographically approved

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