Prosody Perception in Typically Developing School-aged ChildrenRose Thomas Kalathottukaren* and Suzanne C. Purdy
Discipline of Speech Science, School of Psychology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rose Thomas Kalathottukaren
Discipline of Speech Science
School of Psychology
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 06, 2017; Accepted Date: March 07, 2017; Published Date: March 08, 2017
Citation: Kalathottukaren RT, Purdy SC (2017) Prosody Perception in Typically Developing School-aged Children. J phonet Audiol 3:1000131. doi:10.4172/2471-9455.1000131
Copyright: © 2017 Kalathottukaren RT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose: To report normative data for prosody perception abilities in typically developing school-aged children. Method: Four receptive prosody subtests of the Profiling Elements of Prosody in Speech-Communication (PEPSC) and the Child Paralanguage subtest of Diagnostic Analysis of Non Verbal Accuracy 2 (DANVA 2) were administered to 45 children divided into three age groups, with mean ages 7.84, 10.13, and 11.90 years. Results: Overall results indicated significant age-related improvements in performance on PEPS-C Chunking and Contrastive Stress Reception subtests. Accuracy for emotion recognition differed significantly across the two levels of emotion intensity for the DANVA 2. High emotion intensity items yielded better accuracy compared to low intensity items. A confusion matrix for the DANVA 2 showed that errors were not randomly distributed; some pairs of emotions were confused with one another more often than others. The lowest perceptual accuracy was observed for fear and sadness. Conclusions: Normative data for prosody perception abilities in typically developing school aged children were reported using PEPS-C receptive prosody subtests and DANVA 2 Child Paralanguage subtest. The development of receptive prosodic skills mostly occurs between 7 and 9 years. Findings of this study have clinical implications for assessing prosody perception in atypical populations.