First Advisor

Stephen A. Kosokoff

Term of Graduation

Spring 1997

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication




Articulation disorders in children, Speech therapy for children, Phonetics



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 70 pages)


This single-subject study was developed to investigate the potential of treating one misarticulated strident phoneme to induce generalization to other misarticulated strident phonemes. One male, age 4 years 4 months, was trained on /s/ in words. A training program, modified from the Hodson and Paden (1991) phonological cycling approach, was used. Two untreated phonemes from separate and distinct sound classes were monitored as control sounds for across-feature class change. A total of 24 treatment sessions of 50 minutes each were provided. The results from the pretest and posttest showed an increase of 51% correct stridency production for all untreated stridents and an 8% increase for the treated /s/. Results of probe measurements showed 85% correct productions of /s/ in untreated words on several occasions. The change in the untreated control sounds was varied. One phoneme showed no change; another improved 100%. A positive transfer of learning from treated to untreated stridents was exhibited by this subject.


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