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A Standardized Protocol for Maximum Repetition Rate Assessment in Children

Diepeveen, S., van Haaften, L., Terband, H., de Swart, B. & Maassen, B., Oct-2019, In : FOLIA PHONIATRICA ET LOGOPAEDICA. 71, 5-6, p. 238-250 13 p.

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  • Sanne Diepeveen
  • Leenke van Haaften
  • Hayo Terband
  • Bert de Swart
  • Ben Maassen

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Maximum repetition rate (MRR) is often used in the assessment of speech motor performance in older children and adults. The present study aimed to evaluate a standardized protocol for MRR assessment in young children in Dutch.

METHODS: The sample included 1,524 children of 2-7 years old with no hearing difficulties and Dutch spoken in their nursery or primary school and was representative for children in the Netherlands. The MRR protocol featured mono-, tri-, and bisyllabic sequences and was computer-implemented to maximize standardization.

RESULTS: Less than 50% of the 2-year-olds could produce >1 monosyllabic sequence correctly. Children who could not correctly produce ≥2 monosyllabic sequences could not produce any of the multisyllabic sequences. The effect of instruction ("faster" and "as fast as possible") was small, and multiple attempts yielded a faster MRR in only 20% of the cases. MRRs did not show clinically relevant differences when calculated over different numbers of repeated syllables.

CONCLUSIONS: The MRR protocol is suitable for children of 3 years and older. If children cannot produce at least 2 of the monosyllabic sequences, the multisyllabic tasks should be omitted. Furthermore, all fast attempts of each sequence should be analyzed to determine the fastest MRR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-250
Number of pages13
JournalFOLIA PHONIATRICA ET LOGOPAEDICA
Volume71
Issue number5-6
Early online date28-Jun-2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2019

    Keywords

  • DISCRIMINATE CHILDHOOD APRAXIA, SPEECH-SOUND DISORDERS, PERFORMANCE-TASKS, DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, ORAL-DIADOCHOKINESIS, DIAGNOSTIC MARKER, MOTOR, YOUNG, SKILLS, TESTS

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