School Based Speech and Language Therapists’ Perceptions of MLU-w and Its Use
Science Journal of Education
Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages: 119-125
Received: Sep. 20, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 7, 2015; Published: Oct. 20, 2015
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Louiza Voniati, Department of Speech Therapy, European University, Nicosia, Cyprus
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The aim of the study was to examine how mean length of utterance counted in words (MLU-w hereafter) is perceived and used by speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the Greek Cypriot education system. A postal questionnaire was used to gather information from SLTs in the Greek Cypriot education system. A mixed method approach was used to analyse the data collected from the responses of the SLTs. Results indicated that these SLTs feel positive about the use of MLU w in everyday practice as a supportive tool in the diagnostic process for pre-school Cypriot Greek (CYG) speaking children. Moreover, it was revealed that there are issues regarding language sample analysis (LSA) measures in school settings, as well as the need for SLTs to have adequate specialised training with regard to MLU-w in order to expand their knowledge of the use of LSA measures. Although further research is needed in the area of MLU-w and LSA measures, the findings of the study form an initial analysis of SLTs’ perceptions and offer valuable insights regarding their practices.
Keywords
MLU-w; SLTs, Greek Cypriot Education System
To cite this article
Louiza Voniati, School Based Speech and Language Therapists’ Perceptions of MLU-w and Its Use, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 119-125. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20150306.11
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