Speech development in preschool children: evaluating the contribution of phonological short-term and phonological working memory
Rebecca Waring, Susan Rickard Liow, Patricia Eadie, Barbara Dodd
JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019
Emerging evidence suggests domain-general processes, including working memory, may contribute to reduced speech production skills in young children. This study compared the phonological short-term (pSTM) and phonological working memory (pWM) abilities of 50 monolingual English-speaking children between 3;6 and 5;11 with typical speech production skills and percentage consonant correct (PCC) standard scores of 12 and above (n = 22) and typical speech production skills and PCC standard scores of between 8 and 11 (n = 28). A multiple hierarchical regression was also conducted to determine whether pSTM and/or pWM could predict PCC. Children with typical speech production skills and PCC standard ..View full abstract
A heartfelt thank-you to the parents and children who gave us their time and showed such commitment to participate in this study. This research received support through an Australian Government Research and Training Program Scholarship.