The Intelligibility of Children’s Speech A Review of Evaluation Procedures Tutorial
Tutorial  |   May 01, 1994
The Intelligibility of Children’s Speech
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ray D. Kent
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Rm 423, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1500 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-2280
  • Giuliana Miolo
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Suzi Bloedel
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Brenda Y. Terrell served as the Associate Editor for the review of this article.
    Brenda Y. Terrell served as the Associate Editor for the review of this article.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   May 01, 1994
The Intelligibility of Children’s Speech
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1994, Vol. 3, 81-95. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0302.81
History: Received February 4, 1993 , Accepted January 25, 1994
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1994, Vol. 3, 81-95. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0302.81
History: Received February 4, 1993; Accepted January 25, 1994

Summary descriptions are included for 19 procedures that have been, or could be, used to assess the intelligibility of pediatric subjects. Most procedures can be placed in one of the following categories, depending on the emphasis of the analysis: phonetic contrast analysis, phonological process analysis, word identification tests, phonetic indices derived from continuous speech scoring, scaling of continuous speech, and traditional word-level analysis of continuous speech. The general discussion includes an examination of the major issues to be considered in intelligibility testing and a set of criteria to be applied in test selection.

Acknowledgments
This research was supported in part by Public Health Service Research Grant CD-00319 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and Grant HD22353 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The authors thank Megan Hodge and Allison Sedey for their helpful comments on a draft of the manuscript and Jon Miller for his cooperation and support.
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