Assessment of parent-administered listening training for preschool children with articulation deficits

J Speech Hear Disord. 1978 May;43(2):242-54. doi: 10.1044/jshd.4302.242.


Two studies concerning preschool misarticulating children are reported. The first study was concerned with direct effects of two varieties of parent-administered listening training. The second study focused on the influence of that same training on children's responses to sound-production training. Subjects were assigned to one of three conditions: listening, reading-talking, and control. Children in the first group were provided training by their parents that was intended to focus the child's attention on consonants in syllables or words and to teach discrimination between correctly and incorrectly articulated consonants. Parents of children in the second group read to and talked with them about the material. Neither treatment group surpassed the control group in gains made on any auditory processing or articulatory measure employed, and some parents found the listening training frustrating. In the second study, a subset of the children in each of the three groups was given sound-production training. The data obtained did not show any effect from earlier listening experiences on sound-production performance.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Attention*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Discrimination, Psychological
  • Female
  • Hearing
  • Humans
  • Language Development
  • Language Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Parents*
  • Phonetics*
  • Teaching*