Social Interaction with Experiences of Adolescents with Motor Speech Disorders


  • Mahera Sadaf Institute for Special Education, Chiniot, Pakistan
  • Hafsa Noreen Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Hina Samiullah Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan



Apraxia, Dysarthria, Motor Speech disorders


To explore the social interaction experiences of adolescents with motor speech disorders. A population of adolescence of males and females with the age ranging from 11 to 19 years were selected. Patients with motor speech disorders were taken from different special and Normal Schools of Chiniot and Bahawalpur, Pakistan for data collection. Prior consent was taken from different institutions. Interviews were conducted and recorded with their consent and according to their availability. Recorded interviews were transcribed which were further coded, and sub themes were extracted. On the basis of sub themes, themes were generated. Participants reported that they have difficulty in daily routine communication and social interaction. Thematic analysis demonstrated main themes included problems faced in communication with family, strangers and friends, needs help in reciprocal communication, and faulty self-perception. Besides all these problems, they were looking for to get speech therapy and had expectation of better future. It is concluded that adolescents with motor speech disorder feel hesitation to interact with others and have communication difficulties. Stuttering has negative impact on their educational performances and communication skills.