LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON UNDEVELOPED SPEECH IN CHILDREN
: ŠIKIĆ, NEVEN (122132) Assistants
IVIČEVIĆ-DESNICA, JELENA (143611)
DUPLANČIĆ, RUŽICA (82141)
JELČIĆ, SUZANA (149755)
Type of research: developmental Duration from: 04/30/91. to 04/30/95. Papers on project (total): 0
Institution name: Institut za zaštitu majki i djece, Zagreb (72) Department/Institute: Pediatric clinic Address: Zagreb, Klaićeva ul. 16 City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0) 441611; MUP RH 6122892.
Fax: 385 (0) 451308; MUP RH 6122771.
Summary: A group of children with undeveloped/disturbed speech has
been examined by longitudinal study during 5 years and the results have
been compared with the group of "normal speaking" children mached in age.
Complex and repeated examination have been carried out by the team of
various experts when children are: a.) 3 - 4 years; b.) 5 - 6 years; c.) 7
years. The examinations have been carried out by special "instruments"
(test lists) in which relevant data have been collected and in which their
"measured" scales are also present. On the basis of that longitudinal study
and appropriate statistical analysis there is an expectation that it should
be possible to find adequate risk factors which aloun or in some
combinations may contribute to the apperiance of the undeveloped/disturbed
speech. In the same time some protective factors which prevent or lessen
clinical status of this syndroma and their subtypes could be determined.
Also, it is expected, the results of that study could determined what is
the outcome of different subtypes of this syndroma at the time when
children will reach the school. On this basis, some detailed protective
measures for these children could be applied when children still are in
Research goals: Because, there is not enough known the role of some
single riskfactors or their combinations in the apperience and in
theintensity of undeveloped/disturbed speech, nor it is notpredictible the
outcome of that syndroma in the term period whenthe children started
school, the objectives of this study are: - determination of some
relevant risk factors and their mutual contribution in the apperience of
the undeveloped/disturbed speech, particularly in some subtypes; -
longitudinal study and evaluation of some groups of these children and
the comparison with the control group; - early diagnosis of this syndroma
due to adequate protection, therapy and rehabilitation in the appropriate
period of time for adequate brain plasticity and sensorial reception.