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Boost Your Articulation Therapy Outcomes with Competing Speech Techniques!

Boost Your Articulation Therapy Outcomes with Competing Speech Techniques!
In the world of articulation therapy, ensuring accurate dismissal decisions can be challenging. A groundbreaking study titled "The Use of Competing Speech for Making Dismissal Decisions in Articulation Therapy" offers valuable insights for practitioners aiming to improve their skills and make more informed decisions. This blog post will summarize the key findings and practical applications of this research, helping you enhance your therapy sessions.

Understanding the Study

The study conducted by Campbell, Manning, Robertson, and Disalvo aimed to estimate the readiness for dismissal from therapy of 76 elementary school children with /r/ or /s/ misarticulations. The researchers administered the Deep Test of Articulation under three conditions:

The results indicated that significantly more children would have been accurately dismissed from therapy using performance on the Deep Test with masking as a criterion than by using performance without masking.

Key Findings

The study's findings suggest that auditory masking can be a valuable tool in determining whether a child's correct articulation has become automatized. Specifically, the study found:

Practical Applications for Practitioners

Based on these findings, practitioners can enhance their articulation therapy sessions by incorporating competing speech techniques. Here are some practical steps to implement these outcomes:

  1. Incorporate Auditory Masking: Use competing speech tapes during the Deep Test of Articulation to assess whether a child's correct production of a phoneme is automatized.
  2. Adjust Therapy Plans: Retain children in therapy if their correct production is disrupted by auditory masking, as this indicates that automatization has not yet been achieved.
  3. Monitor Progress: Reassess children periodically using the Deep Test with auditory masking to ensure accurate dismissal decisions.

Encouraging Further Research

While this study provides valuable insights, further research is needed to explore the effects of different variables such as sound pressure level and phoneme type. Practitioners are encouraged to conduct their own research and share their findings with the broader community to continue improving articulation therapy outcomes.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: The Use of Competing Speech for Making Dismissal Decisions in Articulation Therapy.

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