Authors: Rvachew S
Title: Speech Perception Training Can Facilitate Sound Production Learning
Source: Journal of Speech and Hearing Research 1994 37(2): 347-357
Year: 1994
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 03/10
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Eligibility specified - N
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - N
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - N
Adequate follow-up - Y
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - N

This study examined the role of speech perception training in the correction of phonological errors. Twenty-seven preschoolers with phonological impairment who misarticulated /integral of/ were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Group 1 children listened to a variety of correctly and incorrectly produced versions of the word "shoe"; Group 2 children listened to the words "shoe" and "moo"; Group 3 children listened to the words "cat" and "Pete." A computer game was used to provide reinforcement for correct identification of the words. All children received the same traditional sound production training program for correction of their /integral of/ error, concurrently with speech perception training, during six weekly treatment sessions. On post-testing, Group 1 and 2 children demonstrated a superior ability to articulate the target sound in comparison to Group 3 children. The results are interpreted in relation to previous research on this topic.

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