A phonemic sensitivity is the ability allowing for the perception and diversification of speech
sounds. It plays an important role in teaching reading and writing to children. The very publication
presents phenomena related to the development of a phonemic sensitivity in children at
the kindergarten age.
The book consists of five chapters. The first three describe the phenomena related to the
phonemic sensitivity, as well as variables that underwent the examination, that is, speech defects
and lateralization. The two subsequent chapters are empirical in nature. They include methodology
of the research conducted, a description of the research tool and sample. The last
chapter constitutes a presentation of the research results and conclusions. The main aim of the
research in question was to establish phonological oppositions crucial to the examination of the
phonemic sensitivity, as well as developmental norms in children at the kindergarten age with
in the scope of the development of the phonemic sensitivity. Besides, the research was to answer
the questions concerning the interdependence between a phonemic sensitivity and lateralization,
speech and gender in children between 3;0—7;6 years of age. The research was based on
the sample of 55 paronyms to which the scheme of the research as well as a child answer sheet
were specially designed.
The material gathered allows for a better understanding of the nature of the development
and phonemic sensitivity disorders, as well as a more detailed research.