Title page for ETD etd-04292010-142845

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Grace, Amanda Blair
URN etd-04292010-142845
Title Parent Report of Home Literacy Experiences in Children with and without Speech and Language Impairments
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Communication Sciences & Disorders
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Oetting, Janna B Committee Chair
Buckingham, Hugh W Committee Member
Hoffman, Paul R Committee Member
  • home environment
  • early literacy
  • children with speech and language impairments
Date of Defense 2010-04-19
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to evaluate caregivers’ perceptions of their children’s literacy experiences and determine if their perceptions differed as a function of whether their children presented with speech and language impairment or with typical language development. Participants were caregivers of children, between the ages of 24 and 54 months. Eleven children presented with speech and language impairments (S/LI) and 14 children presented with typically developing (TD) language. Caregivers’ perceptions about early home literacy experiences were collected through a questionnaire. Results showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the two groups of caregivers’ responses to the questionnaire items as a function of their children’s clinical status. These findings were inconsistent with findings from previous studies and warrant additional study to determine if the null results of the current study were related to specific attributes of the caregivers, specific attributes of the children, or the validity of the questionnaire that was used to evaluate the caregivers’ perceptions of their children.
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