Date of Graduation

Spring 2009

Degree

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Ronald Netsell

Keywords

somatosensory feedback, deafness, oral form recognition, bite block, jaw stabilization and tongue position, deaf culture

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

It was hypothesized that individuals who are profoundly deaf and have intelligible speech would rely more on somatosensory processing than those who are less intelligible. It also was hypothesized that those with less intelligible speech would identify more strongly with Deaf culture. Four profoundly deaf individuals participated in this study. Measures of speech intelligibly, somatosensory processing, and preference for Deaf culture were obtained. For the most part, the hypotheses were supported. A larger number of participants are needed to further examine these findings.

Copyright

© Anna-Liza Marie Guthrie

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