Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Rory A. DePaolis

Stacey Pavelko

Erin Kamarunas


Many studies have been conducted to examine the various effects on infant and toddler speech development. Numerous studies have proven that there are a myriad of factors that impact the production of speech. Some of these factors include family dynamics, physical ability, health, socioeconomic status, etc. This Honors Project investigated the differences in infant vocalizations from low and mid SES families. We first developed a classification system to define and categorize intentional vocalizations; and then applied this classification system to determine differences in the low and mid SES recordings. A comparison of five recordings from both low and mid SES reveled no significant differences in infant vocalizations and conversational turns between parent and infant.

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