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The Relationship Between Treatment Intensity & Treatment Outcomes for Children with Apraxia of Speech

[Source: Apraxia-Kids]

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is in terms of diagnosis and treatment a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children. Children with CAS find it difficult or impossible to accurately produce speech sounds and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. Although there are several treatment approaches for CAS, there are very few published studies examining their efficiency and effectiveness. For example, at present, we do not know the amount of change in speech intelligibility (the degree by which their speech can be understood by a listener) or their ability to communicate effectively in real world situations (i.e., functional communication) following treatment. We also do not know if more intense treatment (although promoted by most clinicians) is actually better for this population.  Thus, there is a strong need for well-designed research studies in this area to advance clinical practice.
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