Survey of Pediatric SLP Methods for Measuring Speech Intelligibility
Type of DegreeMaster's Thesis
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
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The purpose of this study was to explore the speech intelligibility measures currently being used by pediatric speech language-pathologists (SLPs), the most frequent measure, the variables considered in intelligibility measurement, and the tools SLPs believe are needed to improve intelligibility measurement. Data were collected through an anonymous 36-question, web-based survey. The survey was distributed via social media and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association community groups and special interest groups. A total of 140 completed responses were received. Results indicated variation in intelligibility measurements currently in use and in the variables being considered. Many SLPs reported the need for a new or standardized approach to intelligibility measurement. There was disagreement regarding the existence of adequate tools for intelligibility measurement. It can be concluded that there is a need to develop a standard process for measuring speech intelligibility in children as there is currently not agreement among SLPs as to how to measure.