Semester of Graduation

May 2020

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to learn more about the social, emotional, and behavioral profiles of children with communication disorders, specifically focusing on children who stutter, children who present with language impairments (LI), and children with speech sound disorders (SSD) through the administration of three questionnaires, the Communication Attitude Test (CAT), Student Language Scale (SLS), and Speech Participation and Activities for Children (SPAA-C). In the end, only children with the latter two diagnoses participated. They included eight children ranging from 62-109 months old. Two children presented with LI, four children presented with SSD, and two children presented with both LI and SSD. The CAT included 35 items that require a “true” or “false” response from a child, the SLS included eight items with a Likert rating scale and then three open-ended questions, and the SPAA-C included 17 open-ended questions and then ten items with a Likert rating scale.

Results showed that children in general did not present with a negative social, emotional, and behavioral profile as measured by the three questionnaires. The children’s ratings on the questionnaires were also not highly correlated to each other or to the children’s ages, although for the CAT and SPAA-C, there was a trend showing a relationship between the children’s ages and their negative ratings. Future studies with more participants and participants who stutter are recommended. Until then, clinicians should consider administering all three questionnaires in clinical practice to learn more about children’s a social, emotional, and behavioral profiles.

Committee Chair

Oetting, Janna

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