Incidence of Fronting in Preschool Children The speech of 1,048 children between the ages of 31 and 54 months was screened for the presence of velar and palatal forms of the phonological process of fronting. Sixty-seven children, 6% of the sample, were identified as exhibiting the fronting process. Velar fronting was found to occur more frequently ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1985
Incidence of Fronting in Preschool Children
 
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  • Robert J. Lowe, a speech-language pathologist, is currently with the University of South Dakota. Patricia J. Knutson, a speech-language clinician, is currently with AEA 4, Sioux Center, IA. Mark A. Monson, a speech-language clinician, is currently with the Western Hills AEA 12, Sioux City, IA. Requests for reprints may be sent to Robert J. Lowe, Noteboom Hall, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069.
    Robert J. Lowe, a speech-language pathologist, is currently with the University of South Dakota. Patricia J. Knutson, a speech-language clinician, is currently with AEA 4, Sioux Center, IA. Mark A. Monson, a speech-language clinician, is currently with the Western Hills AEA 12, Sioux City, IA. Requests for reprints may be sent to Robert J. Lowe, Noteboom Hall, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1985
Incidence of Fronting in Preschool Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 119-123. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.119
History: Received October 27, 1983 , Accepted May 30, 1984
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 119-123. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.119
History: Received October 27, 1983; Accepted May 30, 1984

The speech of 1,048 children between the ages of 31 and 54 months was screened for the presence of velar and palatal forms of the phonological process of fronting. Sixty-seven children, 6% of the sample, were identified as exhibiting the fronting process. Velar fronting was found to occur more frequently than palatal fronting. All 67 children were observed to front velars; however, only 44 fronted palatals. In no instances were subjects observed to front palatals in the absence of velar fronting. In the speech of 23 subjects, velar fronting occurred in the absence of palatal fronting. A breakdown of the incidence of fronting arranged in four consecutive 6-month age groupings is included, incidence ranged from 23.3% for the youngest group (31–36 months) to 3.5% for the oldest (48–54 months).

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