Phonological disorders in children: Changes in phonological process use during treatment
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2011
1989 Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 333–352, December 1989
How to Cite
Dodd, B. and Lacano, T. (1989), Phonological disorders in children: Changes in phonological process use during treatment. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 24: 333–352. doi: 10.3109/13682828909019894
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2011
- Received November 15 1988; revised version received May 25 1989.
- phonological disorders;
- phonological learning strategy
Unintelligible speech in childhood is often characterised by the use of unusual or deviant (i.e. non-developmental) phonological processes, e.g. initial consonant deletion. These processes are reported to appear at speech onset and to undergo little spontaneous change during the preschool years. The study reported here documents the changes that occurred in the phonological systems of seven phonologically disordered children during remediation that targeted unusual phonological processes. Qualitative changes in phonological process use were observed for all children. Six of the children made quantitative improvement in terms of the percentage consonants produced correctly in spontaneous speech. Individual differences in phonological learning strategy use are described.