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Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication

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1 online resource (50 p.)


Cerebral palsied children, Children with mental disabilities -- Language




The normal development of articulation is built upon the normal development of motor skills (Morris, 1970). Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage and is characterized by neuromuscular incoordination. This interferes with normal development of motor skills. It also may interfere with normal development of speech if dysarthria is present. Because of these factors, the synergy of movement of the oral muscles used in feeding, in speech and in execution of diadochokinetic movements of the oral muscles is affected.

The purpose of the study was to determine whether or not the performance of feeding skill movements or the performance of diadochokinesis of the oral muscles was significantly related to the synergy of movement for speech. The end purpose of the design was to determine whether or not articulatory proficiency in cerebral palsied children might be predicted from a feeding skills or diadochokinetic test.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Speech Communication: with an emphasis in Speech Pathology/Audiology

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