Production of Mandarin consonant aspiration and monophthongs in children with autism spectrum disorder

Yan Feng, Fei Chen, Junzhou Ma, Lan Wang, Gang Peng (Corresponding Author)

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Impaired speech sound production adds difficulties to social communication in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), while a limited attempt has been made to figure out the speech sound production among Mandarin-speaking children with ASD. The current study conducted both auditory-perceptual scoring and quantitative acoustic analysis of speech sound imitated by 27 Mandarin-speaking children with ASD (3.33–7.00 years) and 30 chronological-age-matched typically developing (TD) children. Auditory-perceptual scoring showed significantly lower scores for aspirated/unaspirated consonants and monophthongs in children with ASD. Moreover, the correlation between the developmental age of language and production accuracy in children with ASD emphasised the importance of language assessment. The quantitative acoustic analysis further indicated that the ASD group produced a much shorter voice onset time for aspirated consonants and showed a reduced vowel space than the TD group. Early interventions focusing on these production patterns should be introduced to improve the speech sound production in Mandarin-speaking children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Early online date18 Jul 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2022


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Mandarin-speaking children
  • impaired aspiration
  • reduced vowel space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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