Treatment for Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Understanding the Evidence
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Acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder
caused by brain damage, such as from a stroke, and can range from only slight
difficulty saying sounds and words to a complete inability to produce sound.
Speech-language pathologists working with people with AOS often struggle to
determine which treatments will work best to help those with this frustrating
disorder. This journal self-study explores the research behind AOS treatment
through an updated systematic review of the literature on AOS and exploration
of outcomes of treatment for AOS that has been described in single-subject
research. In addition, a discussion of a treatment using auditory masking is
included, which builds upon and adds to the research on speech motor control.
Clinicians will be able to apply the information in these articles to the
treatment they provide and add to their arsenal of evidence-based treatment
tools with confidence.
You will be able to:
- discuss how different research methods (e.g., single-subject
experiments) influence the evidence for apraxia of speech treatment
- explain the characteristics of apraxia of speech for which
there is consensus in the literature
- describe the evidence base behind various treatments for
apraxia of speech
- summarize the role auditory masking has on speech sound
production in people with and without apraxia of speech
- discuss how the evidence for treatment of apraxia of speech
has evolved and improved over time
What is a Journal Self-Study?
An ASHA journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure.
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