What is it about?

Many children have difficulty saying speech sounds correctly. Some of these children also have difficulty listening to sounds. We found that children's vocabulary (i.e., knowledge and use of words) was linked to their ability to listen to sounds. Their knowledge and use of words also had more influence than their ability to say speech sounds correctly--even for children with speech impairment.

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Why is it important?

When working with children with speech impairment, it is important to provide assessment and therapy that meet each child's individual needs. Sometimes speech-language pathologists mainly focus on assessing the speech sounds of children with speech impairment. This research suggests it is important to assess and understand different abilities of children with speech impairment, including vocabulary and their ability to listen to sounds. This can then help speech-language pathologists provide therapy specific to each child.

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This page is a summary of: The Relationship Between Speech Perception, Speech Production, and Vocabulary Abilities in Children: Insights From By-Group and Continuous Analyses, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, April 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2022_jslhr-22-00441.
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