Master's Theses


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the educational strengths and limitations of school-aged children, as reported by the classroom teacher using an educational rating scale, and the auditory perceptual abilities of the students as measured by two auditory perceptual tests. Subjects were 24 third grade students who received an otoscopic examination, tympanometry screening, and a hearing threshold screening. The subjects received the Concepts and Directions subtest of the Clinical Era Evaluation of Language Functions-3 (CELF -3) and the Category II Subtest of the Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization Test (LAC). In addition, the Screening Instrument for Targeting Educational Risk (S.I. F.T.E.R.) was completed by the classroom teachers. The results of this study indicated that there was a significant positive relationship between the subjects' scores on the two auditory perceptual tests. A significant correlation was also found between the subjects' scores on the LAC and their ratings on three sections of the S.I.F.T.E.R. No significant difference was found between the scores of the subjects who failed the hearing screening and the subjects who passed the hearing screening on any of the tests. However, a significant difference was found on the test scores of the LAC between those subjects with a reported history of otitis media and those without a history of otitis media. Findings are discussed in relation to the use of these assessments in identifying students who may be classified as educationally at risk.


Frederick Britton

Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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