Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Disfluencies of Young Children in Private Speech and in Conversation

Author(s) Richard R. Martin
Samuel K. Haroldson
Volume 1
Number 5
Year 1975
Page(s) 21-25
Language English
Abstract L'article rapporte des observations systématiques sur duex situations de jeu: dans la premiére il s'agit d'un enfant avec un adulte, dans la deuxiéme d'un enfant suel. Les dix sujets étaient agées de 3.5 à 5.0 ans. Les cinq séances de vingt minutes avaient lieu chacune dans la m eme salle de jeu. Dans chaque séance l'enfant jouait dix minutes avec un adulte: puis dix minutes seul. Le nombre de mots émis et le pourcentage de mots énoncés avec difficulté ou balbutiement ont été les mémes dans les cinq séances. Les dix enfants ont tous pronocé moins de mots, mais avec un plus grand pourcentage d'hésitations et de balbutiements, en solitude.

Systematic observations are reported on two play situations involving 1) a child and adult, and 2) child in isolation. The 10 subjects ranged in age from 3.5 to 5.0. Each of the five sessions took palce in the same playroom abd were of 20 minute duration. For 10 minutes of each session the child was involved in play activities with an adult; for the other 10 minutes the child played alone. The number of words spoken and the percent produced disfluently by the children were stable across the five sessions. All 10 children produced fewer words, but produced a greater percent of the words disfluently, in the private speech condition.
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