From the Journals: Target Natural and AAC Speech Simultaneously to Reach Goals Simultaneously targeting natural speech and augmentative and alternative communication speech—using a novel, integrated multimodal approach—was linked to positive changes in both communication and speech production goals for three children. The findings, published in the April 2013 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, suggest ... From the Journals
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From the Journals: Target Natural and AAC Speech Simultaneously to Reach Goals
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From the Journals   |   July 01, 2013
From the Journals: Target Natural and AAC Speech Simultaneously to Reach Goals
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, 34. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ4.18072013.34
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, 34. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ4.18072013.34
Simultaneously targeting natural speech and augmentative and alternative communication speech—using a novel, integrated multimodal approach—was linked to positive changes in both communication and speech production goals for three children.
The findings, published in the April 2013 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, suggest that integrating multimodal speech-generating AAC with traditional speech intervention can be effective in supporting children's natural speech production.
The study introduces Integrated Multimodal Intervention—an activity-based intervention—and examines its effectiveness for treating persistent and severe speech sound disorders in young children. The IMI focuses simultaneously on increasing the quantity of a child's meaningful productions of target words and providing supports to shape the quality of natural speech productions of target sounds. This is achieved by systematically incorporating the full range of each child's communicative repertoire, including AAC systems and natural speech and language.
The authors used a multiple-probe single-subject research design to assess the effectiveness of the IMI for three boys ages 4–8 with moderate to severe speech sound disorders, all of whom used speech-generating AAC. All three participants produced more speech than previously, with greater production accuracy of their target speech sounds.
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