In a child with severe and persisting speech difficulties, will a psycholinguistically-based phonological intervention result in specific and generalised improvements in speech production?
Critically Appraised Topic
In children with speech sound disorders and speech perception difficulties; the evidence suggests that speech perception training, specifically the Speech Assessment and Interactive Learning System (SAILS) program plus speech production training may be more effective at improving production of stimulable and non-stimulable speech sounds than speech production training alone. Note – in its current form (as of Dec 2011), SAILS is not suitable for children learning Australian-English, only speakers of Western Canadian English. PDF Format
Critically Appraised Paper
Rvachew, S., Nowak, M., & Cloutier, G. (2004). Effect of Phonemic Perception Training on the Speech Production and Phonological awareness skills of children with expressive phonological delay. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; 13 (3), 250-263.
Pascoe, M., Stackhouse, J. and Wells, B. (2005) Phonological therapy within a psycholinguistic framework: Promoting change in a child with persisting speech difficulties. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. April-June 2005, 40 (2) 189-220.