Authors: Albery L, Enderby P
Title: Intensive speech therapy for cleft palate children
Source: British Journal of Disorders of Communication 1984 19(2): 115-124
Year: 1984
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 05/10
This rating is confirmed
Eligibility specified - Y
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - Y
Baseline comparability - Y
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - Y
Adequate follow-up - N
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - N

Forty six children with deviant articulation secondary to cleft palate or other velo-pharyngeal disorders took part in a controlled trial, to gauge the efficacy of intensive speech therapy. Subjects were randomly allocated either to attend a six-week intensive course of speech therapy, or to continue with their conventional weekly therapy. Results indicate a significant improvement in articulation for those children receiving intensive help immediately post-course as compared with a very slight improvement seen in the speech of the control group. This improvement achieved by children on the course was maintained throughout the two-year follow-up period and, although the articulation of the control group continued to improve, at the end of the two year follow-up period the children on the course had better articulation scores

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