Original Research

Phonologically based assessment and intervention in Spastic Cerebral Palsy: A case analysis

Michael A. Crary, Suzanne Comeau
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 28, No 1 | a350 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v28i1.350 | © 1981 Michael A. Crary, Suzanne Comeau | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 November 1981 | Published: 11 November 1981

About the author(s)

Michael A. Crary, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Southern Illinois University, United States
Suzanne Comeau, Central Michigan University, United States

Full Text:

PDF (139KB)


The articulation errors of one adult subject demonstrating a spastic variety of congenital cerebral palsy were evaluated via a phonological process analysis. This analysis indicated that a stopping process (replacement of fricatives with homorganic stops) was the most detrimental to the subject's, intelligibility. Subsequent to this analysis a phonemic contrasting programme was initiated toward the goal of minimizing the influence of the stopping process. Results of  spontaneous speech sample analyses indicated that this approach was successful in increasing the percentage of correctly produced fricative patterns. Success in this case suggests the applicability of  a linguistically based intervention approach in structural/functional disturbances of speech articulation.


No related keywords in the metadata.


Total abstract views: 2183
Total article views: 961


Crossref Citations

1. Analysis of the Phonological Skills of Children with Down Syndrome from Single Word and Connected Speech Samples
Teresa A. Iacono
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education  vol: 45  issue: 1  first page: 57  year: 1998  
doi: 10.1080/1034912980450105