KBB-Forum 2023 , Cilt 22, Sayı 4


Meryem MUTLU 1, PhD; Ayse Sanem SAHLI 2, PhD; Erol BELGİN 3, PhD;
1 University of Health Sciences, Kayseri City Training and Research Hospital, Audiology and Speech Pathology Department, Kayseri, Turkey
2Hacettepe University, Vocational School of Health Services, Hearing and Speech Training Center, Ankara, Turkey
3Ankara Medipol University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Audiology, Ankara, Turkey
Objective: Early diagnosis of phonological delay and articulation disorders is very important in childhood. The aim of this study is to obtain normative data of the Articulation Screener Scale (ASS) according to the phonological developmental characteristics of Turkish children between the ages of 2 and 8.

Method: The study was conducted with a total of 330 healthy children who attend to preschool and primary school, who have normal language and speech development. Auditory perception and expressive language development of children were assessed with the Preschool Language Scale-5. The articulation skills of children with normal language development were assessed by ASS, and normalization studies were performed with the obtained data.

Results: As a result of the study, the process of phonemic acquisition of children between the age of 2 and 8 were determined. When the total score of the ASS was compared considering each age range of the children from both genders, no statistically significant difference was detected (p>0.05). However, a statistically significant difference in favor of girls was detected between boys and girls (p=0.009).

Conclusions: In this study, a reference resource was created to evaluate the articulation skills of Turkish children and normative data of a scale that could have been used for screening the children with articulation disorders in our country was obtained. Keywords : Articulation; phonological development; Articulation Screener Scale; child; Turkish