Production Frequency In Speech Therapy Essay

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Title Production Frequency in Speech Therapy: A Review Abstract This study explored the variable of frequency of production in the context of speech therapy for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) to determine whether more practice of speech targets leads to better client outcomes. Two treatment designs were implemented, one using moderate frequency of productions and another using high frequency of productions. The success of these treatment designs were compared in order to assess the importance of frequency in treatment for CAS. Introduction CAS is a rare neurological, sensorimotor speech sound disorder. According to related research, successful therapy for those with CAS is achieved by incorporating four tenets of motor learning into therapy: precursors to learning, conditions of practice, feedback, and influence of rate. Other studies suggest that intense treatment is necessary for success, but intensity is rarely measured, and research specifically addressing practice amounts had not been conducted prior to this study. The study hypothesized that children would achieve greater in-session production accuracy and generalization of speech targets when treated with a higher frequency of productions. Materials/Methods The subjects of the study were two children, Jaime and Felix, who suffer from CAS. Both children…show more content…
Both children were treated using a combination of moderate frequency and high frequency production elicitations. For moderate (ModF) treatment, 30 to 40 productions of each speech target were elicited. In the high (HiF) treatment, 100–150 productions were elicited. In both treatment conditions, the same types of activities and games were used to elicit the speech targets. Treatment sessions included the use of toys that were of interest to the children. An apraxia flipbook and small mirrors were used for visual cuing. A two-week break was taken following treatment before assessing
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