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The operant speech training of a cri-du-chat adolescent : a single case study

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Haines, AT (1977) The operant speech training of a cri-du-chat adolescent : a single case study. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The thesis examines the efficacy of using speech training
procedures with a cri-du-chat adolescent. Research evidence
suggests that neither the 'cat-like cry', laryngeal abnormality
or level of severe mental retardation are sufficient to warrant
precluding cases of the syndrome from speech training. One aim
of the study is to determine whether operant training procedures
are more effective than attention-control procedures with a case
of the syndrome. The subject is trained in two situations, the
individual room and ward, during daily training sessions.

The statistical analysis in the individual room demonstrates
that the subject's verbal imitation is significantly greater in
the operant than in the control procedures. The results of the
subject's verbal object labelling responses to criterion indicates
no significant differences between conditions. However, the
follow-up assessment shows that the subject retained significantly
more verbal object labelling responses to criterion in the
operant than in the control procedures. In the ward situation
it is argued that operant speech training is significantly more
effective than control procedures in increasing the subject's
vocalisations to nurses.

Social ratings show that both the subject's socialisation
and violent and destructive behaviour increased from the control to operant procedures.

The overall findings support the view that a cri-du-chat
adolescent can benefit from a speech training programme.
Furthermore that operant speech training conducted in two
situations, an individual room and ward, during daily training
sessions is significantly more effective than a combined control
approach.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Speech therapy for children, Voice disorders, Voice disorders in children
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Copyright 1977 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M. Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1977. Bibliography: leaves 81-88

Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 23:58
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 01:40
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