Get 180 pages of stimuli for the treatment of acquired apraxia of speech. Choose from monosyllabic to paragraph length material.
- Speak with less effort and progress toward preciseness
- Master phoneme groups
- Improve prosody and rate of speaking
The Source for Apraxia Therapy provides exercises to help your clients regain as much of their communication ability as possible, regardless of the severity of their apraxia. The stimuli are arranged as follows:
- Section 1: Phonemic Groups includes bilabials, labio-dentals, lingua-dentals, lingua-alveolars, glottals, lingua-velars, lingua-palatals, blends, and vowels.
- Section 2: Articulation/Fluency/Phrasing includes multisyllabic words, conversational sentences, paragraphs, similar word pairs, heteronyms, and more.
- Section 3: Paralinguistic Drill includes exercises to vary pitch, emphasize target words, and convey emotions.
Exercises focus on the phoneme in the initial position. The medial and final positions are addressed through coarticulation exercises. The exercises are arranged for three modes of presentation:
- clinician reading, client imitating
- client reading
- client looking at word, clinician modeling, client imitating
The exercises can be used with clients who have:
- pronounciation difficulties as in English language learners
- articulation difficulties due to a hearing impairment
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- Motor learning principles have shown some beginning evidence of providing systematic treatment to improve functional speech in individuals with apraxia. Important key features with a motor learning approach include large amounts of practice, practice distribution, random practice, and variability of practice (Mass et al., 2008).
- ASHA (2004) reported that improved speech intelligibility with a motor speech disorder may involve tasks to improve prosody and articulatory precision.
- Individuals being treated for apraxia with the use of minimal contrast pairs along with general articulation intervention showed improvement of speech production at the phrase and reading levels (Wambaugh, Kalinyak-Fliszar, West, & Doyle, 1998).
- In a comprehensive review of the literature pertaining to adult apraxia of speech, Ogar, Slama, Dronkers, Amici, and Gorno-Tempini (2005) reported there is still no one treatment approach found to be effective for all individuals with apraxia; however, most intervention programs integrate therapy tasks involving articulation, prosody, pacing, and compensatory strategies.
The Source for Apraxia Therapy incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2004). Preferred practice patterns for the profession of speech-language pathology. Retrieved July 21, 2009, from www.asha.org/docs/pdf/PP2004-00191.pdf
Mass, E., Robin, D.A., Austermann Hula, S.N., Freedman, S.E., Wulf, G., Ballard, K.J., et al. (2008). Principles of motor learning in treatment of motor speech disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17, 277-298.
Ogar, J., Slama, H., Dronkers, N., Amici, S., & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. (2005). Apraxia of speech: An overview. Neurocase, 11, 427-432.
Wambaugh, J.L., Kalinyak-Fliszar, M.M., West, J.E., & Doyle, P.J. (1998). Effects of treatment for sound errors in apraxia of speech and aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 41, 725-743.