A case study of the speech development in a male infant with chronic otitis media is reported. The phonetic behavior characterizing the child's vocalizations was sampled monthly between the ages of 11 and 21 months, as he progressed from pre-speech to early speech periods of language development. Results of monthly phonetic inventory analyses indicated age-appropriate types of consonants in his pre-word and later-word vocalizations. However, the child's repertoire of consonants was considerably reduced as he first began to produce meaningful speech. Results of phonetic diversity analyses revealed an overall lack of phonetic complexity in his vocalizations throughout the course of study. In general, the child's early sound productions were characteristic of developmental delay, closely resembling the speech patterns found among severely hearing-impaired children. Findings are discussed with respect to the probable influence of chronic otitis media with effusion on a child's eventual speech development.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health