The slower the better – Does the speaker’s speech rate influence children’s performance on a language comprehension test

The aim of this study was to examine the effects of speech rate on children’s performance on a widely used language comprehension test. The results emphasize the necessity of careful considerations of the role dynamic aspects of examiner’s speech might play in test administration and favor digitalized procedures in standardized language comprehension assessment.

Haake, Magnus, Hansson, Kristina, Guiz, Agneta, Schotx, Susanne, and Sahlen, Birgitta. (2013). The slower the better? Does the speaker’s speech rate influence children’s performance on a language comprehension test? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.845690

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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