Using Electropalatography (EPG) in the assessment and treatment of developmental motor speech disorders: Linking basic and applied research



Wood, Sara and Wishart, Jennifer and Hardcastle, William J and McCann, Joanne and Timmins, Claire (2008) Using Electropalatography (EPG) in the assessment and treatment of developmental motor speech disorders: Linking basic and applied research. Working Paper. Queen Margaret University.

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Abstract

Many children experience significant difficulties in developing key aspects of speech. For some, these communication difficulties are compounded by co-occurring intellectual disabilities. This paper presents two case studies from a larger on-going longitudinal study of the effectiveness of using electropalatography (EPG) to address the intelligibility problems experienced by many children and young people with Down’s syndrome (DS). EPG, an innovative computer-based tool for assessing and treating speech motor difficulties, enables the speaker to “see” the placement of his or her tongue during speech and to attempt to correct any lingual palatal errors. This visual supplementation of auditory feedback offers potential therapeutic benefits for children with intellectual disabilities, many of whom show relative strengths in visual versus auditory and simultaneous versus sequential processing (e.g. [1]). EPG also provides therapists with an objective measure of articulatory ability. Findings from these two case studies demonstrate the potential utility of EPG in both the assessment and treatment of speech motor disorders in DS.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: This series consists of unpublished “working” papers. They are not final versions and may be superseded by publication in journal or book form, which should be cited in preference. All rights remain with the author(s) at this stage, and circulation of a work in progress in this series does not prejudice its later publication. Comments to authors are welcome.
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 08:44
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/156

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