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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 707134, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/707134
Research Article

How Do Families of Children with Down Syndrome Perceive Speech Intelligibility in Turkey?

Anadolu University, Dilkom, Yunus Emre Kampusu, 26470 Eskisehir, Turkey

Received 24 December 2014; Revised 22 March 2015; Accepted 29 March 2015

Academic Editor: Mohammed Rachidi

Copyright © 2015 Bülent Toğram. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Childhood verbal apraxia has not been identified or treated sufficiently in children with Down syndrome but recent research has documented that symptoms of childhood verbal apraxia can be found in children with Down syndrome. But, it is not routinely diagnosed in this population. There is neither an assessment tool in Turkish nor any research on childhood verbal apraxia although there is a demand not only for children with Down syndrome but also for normally developing children. The study examined if it was possible to determine oral-motor difficulties and childhood verbal apraxia features in children with Down syndrome through a survey. The survey was a parental report measure. There were 329 surveys received. Results indicated that only 5.6% of children with Down syndrome were diagnosed with apraxia, even though many of the subject children displayed clinical features of childhood verbal apraxia. The most frequently reported symptoms of childhood verbal apraxia in literature were displayed by the children with Down syndrome in the study. Parents could identify childhood verbal apraxia symptoms using parent survey. This finding suggests that the survey can be developed that could serve as a screening tool for a possible childhood verbal apraxia diagnosis in Turkey.