Vowel Characteristics: The Potential Effect on Assessment and Treatment Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an essential factor in assessment and/or treatment of speech or language disorders, determining whether a clinical assessment and/or treatment approach is effective (Apel & Wolter, 2004). Practitioners must be aware of the characteristics of vowels when choosing vowels to be used in assessment and/or treatment of ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2007
Vowel Characteristics: The Potential Effect on Assessment and Treatment
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  • Sandra Levey
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Lehman College of the City University of New York, Bronx, NY
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Article   |   July 01, 2007
Vowel Characteristics: The Potential Effect on Assessment and Treatment
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2007, Vol. 14, 25-27. doi:10.1044/lle14.2.25
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2007, Vol. 14, 25-27. doi:10.1044/lle14.2.25
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an essential factor in assessment and/or treatment of speech or language disorders, determining whether a clinical assessment and/or treatment approach is effective (Apel & Wolter, 2004). Practitioners must be aware of the characteristics of vowels when choosing vowels to be used in assessment and/or treatment of second language learners with speech or language difficulties (Rochet, 1995). Practitioners frequently concentrate exclusively on oral production. This emphasis on production ignores the possibility of difficulty in the perception of vowel differences by native English speakers or by learners of a new language. EBP requires more careful consideration of factors that may influence a valid assessment of speech or language abilities.
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