The Effectiveness of the Assessment Instrument of "Phonological and Articulation Disorders: the Jordanian Version" in Diagnosing Children with Communication Disorder

Enas M O'laimat, Farouq I Al-Rousan

Abstract


This study aimed at identifying the effectiveness of the Jordanian version of the assessment instrument of phonological and articulation disorders in diagnosing children with communication disorders through performance difference amongst normal children and children with communication disorder. Validity, reliability and item analysis indices were calculated for the instrument. Criteria were also derived for each age group through calculating t- score and the percentile rank which help in assessing the individual performance indicative from the normal distribution of the group performance on each subscale of the instrument. The sample of the study constituted of 1200 child, of whom 600 were normal children and 600 were children with communication disorder. The sample was chosen from different regions in Jordan (i.e., North, South, and Middle regions) and represents the age groups (2,6-8,11) years. The results of the study indicate that the instrument is able to determine the performance difference between normal children and children with communication disorder as indicated from the calculated averages, standard deviations, the results of One Way ANOVA, and Tukey test of difference according to the variables of age and the articulation status of children at (α =.05). The phonological and articulation problems appeared at a higher rate in children with communication disorders than in normal children

Keywords


phonological disorders, articulation disorders

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