The Effectiveness of Melodic Intonation Therapy with the Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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Amber Faith Worthington (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Virginia Hinton

Abstract: The purpose of this project was to create a literature review on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) and the possible use of MIT as a treatment method for CAS. Included within this literature review is also a plan for a future study. The purpose of this study is to further examine the effectiveness of MIT for the treatment of CAS. In this study, three groups will be created, each consisting of 10 children with CAS. Each group will be exposed to a different therapy method that is used in the treatment of CAS. The three groups being; Touch Cue Method, Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOMEs) and MIT. The phonetic inventory of each participant will be taken into account as a list of 30 stimulus words will be created that will be implemented into each therapy session. During the halfway point of the study, five new stimulus words will be introduced to test generalization skills for each treatment method. At the end of the study, five more new stimulus words will be introduced to again test generalization skills and to examine further if there is an improvement of these skills. There will be a total of 6 sessions in this study. Each session will be 60 minutes with a total of 360 minutes of exposure to each therapy method.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2019
Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, CAS, Melodic Intonation Therapy, MIT, Non Speech Oral Motor Exercises, NSOMEs, Touch Cue Method

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