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Implementing two treatment approaches to childhood dysarthria

Levy, Erika S.

The paucity of evidence and detail in the literature regarding speech treatment for children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy (CP) renders it difficult for researchers to replicate studies and make further inroads into this area in need of exploration. Furthermore, for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) wishing to follow treatments that the literature indicates have promise, little guidance is available on the details of the treatments that yielded the positive results. The present article details the implementation of two treatment approaches in speech treatment research for children with dysarthria: Speech Systems Intelligibility Treatment (SSIT) and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD (LSVT LOUD). Specific strategies, primarily for treatment, but also for outcome measurement and acoustic analysis of dysarthric speech, are described. These techniques are provided for researchers and clinicians to consider implementing in order to advance speech treatment for this population. Recent results from research using these approaches are presented, including findings of acoustic vowel space changes following both speech treatments.

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International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
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https://doi.org/10.3109/17549507.2014.894123

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Communication Sciences and Disorders
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July 14, 2020