The Imitating Ability of Speaking Rates in 4-5 year old Children

학령 전기 아동의 말속도 모방능력에 관한 연구

  • 심현섭 (연세의료원 재활병원) ;
  • 김수진 (서대문 장애인 종합복지관 언어치료실) ;
  • 이희란 (강북 삼성병원 소아정신과 언어치료실) ;
  • 김정미 (신문자 말, 언어 임상 연구소)
  • Published : 1999.04.01


Parental speaking rates reduction is frequently recommended by speech-language pathologists as a way to facilitate the fluency of preschool children who stutter. However, this clinical notion is in need of empirical support. For this reason, Sim & Zebrowski (1995) examined the ability of young children imitating different speaking rates. However, Sim & Zebrwoski's study was not made in a natural context but in the laboratory, so the findings are limited to apply to the clinical situation. The current study aimed to examine the ability of three different speaking rates(baseline, 10% slower, and 24% slower) in a natural situation both with instruction and without instruction. The results show that (1) all children were able to imitate the stimulus speaking rates adequately, (2) instruction about speaking rates for each child influenced the ability to imitate slower speaking rates. These clinical implications of findings in this study are that 4-5 year-old children are able to imitate different speaking rates with instruction and can be candidates for the parental speaking rates reduction program in the stutter therapy.