A systematic review of auditory processing abilities in children with speech sound disorders
Banumathi . 1, A-C,E-F
Chandni Jain 1, A,C,E-F
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Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru, India
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article;
Submission date: 2023-01-30
Final revision date: 2023-05-26
Acceptance date: 2023-06-02
Online publication date: 2023-07-08
Publication date: 2023-07-08
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Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Naimisham Campus, 570006, Mysuru, India
J Hear Sci 2023;13(2):9-15
Children with speech sound disorder (SSD) have incomplete phonological acquisition without organic alteration. These children’s speech exhibits multiple phoneme omission, substitution, and distortion errors. Auditory processing disorders (APD) are associated with speech sound disorders. Since APD prevents the development of a stable representation of phonemes in the brain, it may cause speech issues and make semantics, syntax, and phonology challenging to acquire. The review summarises behavioral findings of auditory processing abilities in children with SSD. The study used a literature search of electronic databases (Google Scholar, Science Direct, Research Gate, PubMed) from 2007 to 2022. The retrieved articles were assessed in two stages: title and abstract screening, followed by a full-length article review. Six articles were selected after the full-length review of 12 shortlisted articles. The review of the articles showed that temporal processing abilities are affected in children with SSD. Thus, temporal processing is critical for developing phonological awareness because it is vital for perceiving and rapidly changing acoustic cues in speech. The close relationship between temporal processing and phonological awareness in children with SSD highlights the importance of including temporal processing assessment in these children. Appropriate auditory training which taps into temporal processing skills may improve phonological awareness in these children. The effect of auditory processing training on phonological skills in SSD children needs further study.
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