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Treatment and Intervention of Speech Sound Disorders in Children

presented by Lynn Williams

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Financial: Lynn Williams receives a honorarium from MedBridge for this course. She has no financial interest beyond the production of this course. 

Non-Financial: Lynn Williams has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Clinicians are faced with new ideas and must consider information to integrate into their clinical application at a pace that often makes it difficult to implement into clinical practice. The time required to learn the new approaches, to develop the individualized treatment materials, and to implement the new procedures are frequently beyond the scope of already burdened daily schedules. Four models of contrastive phonological intervention will be described, along with video-taped demonstrations. A treatment paradigm will be described for implementing the contrastive phonological intervention approaches. Finally, a Phonological Analysis Summary and Clinical Management tool will be presented that will allow participants to integrate all three components of assessment, target selection, and intervention planning within a single form.

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Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Dr. Lynn Williams is a clinical scientist with interests in models of assessment and intervention of communication disorders in children, and translational research and implementation science. Dr. Williams’ research focus is primarily with children with speech sound disorders, with corollaries of this research interest that address emergent literacy skills for children living in…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Intervention Strategies

Dr. Williams will evaluate traditional and phonological approaches to intervention and compare and contrast Homonymous and Non-Homonymous approaches for treatment. She will then design a treatment plan for a case study patient using minimal pairs, maximal oppositions, empty set and multiple oppositions. At the end of the chapter Dr. Williams will review and compare intervention approaches for young children.

2. Intervention Options

In this chapter you will understand intervention approaches addressing phonological awareness/literacy and learn to distinguish various integrated intervention approaches for sound speech disorders. Dr. Williams will compare and contrast different phonetic intervention approaches as well.

3. The Structure of Intervention

In chapter three you will begin to understand the significance of the four phases of phonological intervention and learn how to conduct and analyze contrastive and maximal oppositions assessments as they pertain to children .

4. Clinical Decision Making and Phonological Analysis Management

In the final chapter of the course, Dr. Williams will compare and contrast the methodology for conducting a comprehensive patient assessment using EBP and PBE. She will also create individualized and comprehensive phonological analysis and management plans by integrating findings from analysis, target selection, and intervention assessments.

5. Q&A

This chapter is a discussion about the concepts and interventions presented in the course featuring Dr. Williams and Julie Dunlap from the University of Washington.

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Speech Sound disorders (SSD) are quite diverse and range in both severity and type of disorder. Given the complexity of SSD, appropriate assessment will have clinical implications for selecting the most appropriate intervention targets and intervention approach. Utilizing an evidence-based practice framework, tests are selected on the basis of the presenting needs, concerns, and characteristics of the child’s speech. Thus, a key outcome of a comprehensive speech assessment is an analysis of the test data and speech samples to identify predominant error patterns, make a differential diagnosis, determine appropriate treatment targets, and design an efficacious intervention plan. It is vital for SLPs to be knowledgeable and experienced in administering every component of a comprehensive assessment. Yet, in the "real world,” it is usually not feasible to carry out all aspects of such an evaluation on every child. Thus, the SLP must also know how to select those components that are most applicable to a given client’s speech profile, sometimes adjusting the choice of assessment tools as the evaluation proceeds and further speech strengths and weaknesses are revealed.

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Recent advances in the clinical management of SSD in children point to the important role of target selection in treatment outcomes. In fact, there is some evidence that what you choose to work on in intervention is just as important as how you address the goal in intervention. The construct of learnability in phonological intervention will be discussed with regard to three different approaches to target selection. Alternatives to developmental norms will be presented for achieving the greatest phonological change in the least amount of time.

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