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Master of Science (MS)


Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education


Thomas S. Johnson


The purpose of this investigation was to determine if a significant difference exists between oral stereognosis skills of blind and sighted children. The possibility of a relationship between oral stereognosis and articulation was also explored in both the sighted and blind populations. A group of twenty-four blind and a group of twenty four sighted subjects between the ages of seven and twenty were divided into subgroups of those having normal speech and those with defective articulation . There were twelve subjects in each subgroup . A 20-item test of oral stereognosis (NIDR forms) was administered to each subject and error scores taken.

Results of the study indicate that no significant difference exists between the oral stereognosis abilities of sighted and blind subjects. A significant difference was found to exlst at the .01 level between oral stereognosis scores of normal speakers and articulatory impaired speakers. This difference was also found to be significant between the blind subgroups but not between the sighted subgroups.



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