Sound production treatment (SPT) is the most systematically examined articulatory- kinematic treatment approach for adults with apraxia of speech (AoS). The majority of research supporting this approach uses individual treatment sessions; however, with the changes in healthcare, group treatment is a cost effective way of providing treatment that also has shown psychosocial gains for individuals with communication disorders. The aim of this study was to examine if SPT would result in a positive change in response accuracy during and one week following treatment in a cooperative group context with two male participants with severe AoS. Results revealed positive qualitative effects often seen in group treatment, as well as increased percent accuracy of the target sounds using SPT for one participant. Clinical implications are discussed as well as considerations for future research.
|Advisor:||Ostergren, Jennifer A.|
|Commitee:||Hung, Pei-Fang, McMicken, Betty|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Apraxia of speech, Cooperative group treatment, Sound production treatment|
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