Oral-diadochokinetic rates for Hebrew-speaking school-age children: Real words vs. non-words repetition

Michal Icht, Boaz M. Ben-David

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Oral-diadochokinesis (DDK) tasks are a common tool for evaluating speech disorders. Usually, these tasks involve repetitions of non-words. It has been suggested that repeating real words can be more suitable for preschool children. But, the impact of using real words with elementary school children has not been studied yet. This study evaluated oral-DDK rates for Hebrew-speaking elementary school children using non-words and real words. The participants were 60 children, 9-11 years old, with normal speech and language development, who were asked to repeat "pataka" (non-word) and "bodeket" (Hebrew real word). Data replicate the advantage generally found for real word repetition with preschoolers. Children produced real words faster than non-words for all age groups, and repetition rates were higher for the older children. The findings suggest that adding real words to the standard oral-DDK task with elementary school children may provide a more comprehensive picture of oro-motor function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-114
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • Articulation rate
  • Children
  • Non-words
  • Oral-DDK
  • Oral-diadochokinesis


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