As part of this three year HRB funded project in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Jennifer Harte is also carrying out a Master (MSc) study from January 2015 to January 2016. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of different accents on the ability to follow instructions in children with speech dificulties

Thirty children living in the Cork area will be recruited for the MSc study.

The test group will be made up of 15 children who have been identified as having a speech impairment and the control group will be made up of 15 typically-developing children.

Speech impaired children will be recruited through speech and language therapy services in Cork, and typically developing children will be recruited from schools in the Cork area.  In order to be included in the study the children must meet the criteria outlined below.

 

Speech Impaired Children

  • Aged between 4 years and 5 years 11 months
  • Have no known language, learning, hearing or significant physical difficulties
  • Have speech difficulties
  • Have English as their only language and have parents who are native English speakers
  • Have lived in Cork for the past 3 years

 

Typically Developing Children

  • Aged between 4 years and 5 years 11 months
  • Have no known speech, language, hearing or any other learning difficulties
  • Have English as their only language and have parents who are native English speakers
  • Have lived in Cork for the past 3 years

Jennifer Harte (who is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist) will conduct all assessments in a quiet, child-friendly room either at the child’s school, in the Brookfield speech and language therapy clinic at University College Cork or at another speech and language therapy clinic in Cork.

Each child will be assessed using a number of assessment procedures over two to three days (each session lasting approximately 45 mins).

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