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MEZZOMO, Carolina Lisbôa et al. The influence of phonological awareness abilities in therapy for phonological disorder. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.1, pp.328-335.  Epub Oct 26, 2012. ISSN 1982-0216.

This study aimed to analyze the phonological awareness skills and progress (phonetic and phonological inventory and generalizations) in phonological therapy. The research group consisted of five children presenting speech disorders, aged 5:0 and 6:11, subjected to phonological therapy. The results of the phonological awareness assessment were analyzed before the treatment in order to verify the performance of children and their phonological knowledge. The evaluation was performed before and after the treatment. It was possible to obtain the phonetic and phonological inventories of the subjects and, after that, the generalizations obtained with phonological therapy were analyzed (considering lexical items that were not used during treatment, other positions in word, within one sound class or another class of sounds). The results showed that there is no relation between the performance in phonological awareness tasks and the evolution of the phonological therapy. On the other hand, the results agree with the research findings from the literature, reinforcing the idea that, children with phonological disorder can be able to react properly to metalinguistic tasks such as phonological awareness without being able to correct their speech problems. Finally, it can be conclude that this research subject should be investigated deeper and another analysis should be carried out involving a higher number of subjects, including the phonological awareness evaluation before and after therapy. By doing this, it will be possible to obtain other important data to improve the treatment of phonological disorder.

Keywords : Speech; Speech Disorders; Speech Perception; Speech Therapy; Generalization, Response.

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