Master's Theses


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study was designed to compare performance of typically developing children on traditional and adapted versions of Clay’s Concepts About Print (CAP). Sixteen children who ranged in age from 5 years, 2 months to 6 years, 2 months served as participants. The participants were administered traditional and adapted administrations of the CAP with half of the participants receiving the traditional condition first and half receiving the adapted condition first. In the adapted condition, the CAP was presented as a part of a Power Point slide presentation using partner scanning. It was hypothesized that there would be a correlation between the scores on a traditional administration and an adapted administration. Although an analysis of the scatter plot of the data for the 16 participants showed a positive linear relationship for the majority of the participants, one outlier was noted. Therefore, the Pearson correlation was run on the data from the full data set (N=16), as well as the data set without the one participant, who responded in a different way than the majority of participants (n=15). No significant association was noted with the full data set; however, a significant correlation was found for the data set without the one participant. Although the results of this study are interpreted cautiously due to the small sample size, it appeared that similar performance was found for this group of typically developing participants on the CAP when administered in the traditional and adapted conditions. The results of this study were discussed in relation to the literature in the area of Individuals with significant communication, behavioral, and/or physical disabilities and future implications for research provided.


Amy Finch

Date of Award

Spring 2007

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 2007 Sheila Rupke


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