The aim of this study was to determine
characteristics of phonological awareness of
stuttering children and children with fluent
speech. The sample consisted of 64 children,
between 56 and 83 months old (4 years and 8
months to 6 years and 11 months).
Examinees were divided in two groups. The
first group consisted of 32 stuttering
children, 19 males, and 13 females. The
control group consisted of 32 children with
fluent speech, whose age and sex were equal
to the age and sex of the children in the
experimental group. The research was
conducted in preschools and primary schools
in Tuzla and Una-Sana Canton in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. The subjects were examined
with 7 subtests (syllable and phoneme
blending abilities, ability to rhyme, phoneme
segmentation, phoneme deletion, phoneme
transposition and spoonerisms). Each of the
subtest scores, which index a variety of
phonological awareness abilities, was
examined separately. Phonological
awareness score is the total score which
relates to a common result that the subjects
achieved on these 7 individual subtests. The
results showed that there were no statistically
significant differences between stuttering children and their peers with fluent speech in
relation to Phonological awareness score. The
examination of differences between stuttering
and non-stuttering children in individual
variables, which describe phonological
awareness, showed that there was statistically
significant difference in the ability to rhyme
between these two subjects groups. T-test was
used for examination of the differences
between the male stuttering children and their
fluent peers, and also female stuttering
children and their fluent peers for the
phonological awareness variables. The results
exhibited statistically significant differences in
the variable Rhyme between the male
stuttering children and their fluent peers. In
addition, we examined the ability of phonemic
analysis of children who stutter and children
with fluent speech. The results showed that
there were not statistically significant
differences between stuttering and nonstuttering
children related to phonemic analysis

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