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A Point of View About Fluency (2022)

October 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
This article written by Dean Williams in 1957 inspired this article, which challenged researchers, clinicians, and the general public to consider how people with stuttering perceive the experience to understand the facets of this condition better. This article challenges the term fluency and how it is frequently used instead of stutter within research and clinical […]
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Qu’est-ce que l’apraxie de la parole? Qu’est-ce que l’aphasie? – in Français

August 15, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Handout for families of patients in speech therapy focused on apraxia of speech and aphasia. Clearly defines the difference visually and basically. Translated by Cindy Levesque-Boissonneault. Cindy is a French-speaking SLP (orthophoniste) in the province of Quebec (Canada). She works in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. She is also a lecturer at Université du Québec […]
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Personalized Pocket Cards for 3 Types of Dysarthria

August 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
These business-card-sized wallet cards provide information about the specific type of dysarthria, ways to support communication with the individual, and important personal information for the person with dysarthria.
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Dysarthria Differential Diagnosis Guide

August 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
Compare and contrast the different types of dysarthria to help with a differential diagnosis. Duffy, J. R. (2005). Motor speech disorders: Substrates, differential diagnosis, and management. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Mosby. Rowe, H. P., Gutz, S. E., Maffei, M. F., Tomanek, K., & Green, J. R. (2022). Characterizing Dysarthria Diversity for Automatic Speech Recognition: A […]
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Script Training Treatment Guidance and Ideas

August 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout provides a step-by-step guide on how to use script training to support communication for people with aphasia and/or apraxia of speech. Youmans, G., Youmans, S. R., & Hancock, A. B. (2011). Script training treatment for adults with apraxia of speech. Youmans, G., Holland, A., Muñoz, M., & Bourgeois, M. (2005). Script training and […]
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Smart Speaker Devices can Improve Speech Intelligibility in Adults with Intellectual Disability (2021)

July 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
Speech impairments are common for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), or those with limitations in their cognitive function and adaptive behavior. This communication difficulty negatively impacts their social interactions, quality of life, and employment. For those individuals with mild to moderate ID, verbal communication is typically their primary means of communication. This study sought to […]
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“You Say Severe, I Say Mild”: Toward an Empirical Classification of Dysarthria Severity (2021)

May 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
During a motor speech assessment, one of the primary goals is to determine the severity of speech impairment related to dysarthria. The current research for the best practice to determine the severity is largely untested with no accepted definition or classification system. The most common descriptions for dysarthria are the type and estimated overall intelligibility […]
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The Case Against Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOMEs) to Improve Speech Production

May 1, 2022 by Ashley Zhinin.
Non-oral motor treatment (NOMTs) have become more popular among speech-language pathologists. However, this treatment approach has limited to no evidence to support the use of NOMTs within the speech therapy session. This clinical resource provides more information about this controversial treatment approach for improving speech abilities. Lass, N. J., & Pannbacker, M. (2008). The application […]
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