Date of Graduation

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Hagstrom, Fran

Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Third Reader

Guenther, Nicole

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions of parents about the relationship between speech production and the usage of pacifiers and thumb sucking. One hundred and twenty five participants with children below the age of ten completed a digital questionnaire sent out through social media. The results revealed that the parents who let their child use a pacifier or suck their thumb use a variety of sources to gain information and form opinions about this. These ranged from print materials to website to friends and family. Pacifier use was more frequent than thumb sucking. Most parents did not report speech difficulties in their children and few of those who did, associated these with pacifier use or thumb sucking.

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