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Survey of Pediatric SLP Methods for Measuring Speech Intelligibility




Bennett, Abigail

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


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.