Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

260

Date

2011

Date of Award

4-18-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Speech Language Pathology

Committee Chair

David Kimbrough Oller

Committee Member

Eugene H Buder

Committee Member

Julie E Cleary

Abstract

Background: Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are frequently described as having unusual prosody. Studies in vocal quality in children with ASD have been limited in number and are generally descriptive in nature. The objective of this study was to examine the occurrence of a specific vocal quality, flutter, in children with ASD.Method: Vocal flutter was examined via subjective ratings and through acoustic analyses to determine if flutter occurred more frequently in children with ASD than in language delayed or typically developing peers.Conclusion: Vocal flutter was heard more frequently in children with ASD via the subjective ratings. The occurrence of flutter overall was associated with a measure of fundamental frequency fluctuation.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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